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ISSUE NO. 44/ OCTOBER 2017
A Heartfelt Farewell to Kelly and an Enthusiastic Welcome for Anne

As we are all too aware, Kelly Harrell has left her role as Executive Director of AMCC. Twelve years ago, Kelly began her time with AMCC as an intern, transitioning quickly to staff and leading the effort to protect the Northern Aleutian Basin from offshore oil and gas production as Director of AMCC's Friends of Bristol Bay program. Through these efforts the fishing communities of Bristol Bay now enjoy permanent protection.

Kelly assumed Executive Director responsibility seven years ago. It was a critical time for AMCC when the very survival of the organization was in question. During her leadership tenure AMCC has regained financial stability, remained a lead organization for fisheries conservation, sustainable ecosystems and a consistent and significant advocate for Alaska's coastal communities and cultures.

While Kelly's leadership has provided the foundation for AMCC's successes, enabling and empowering staff, she is also recognized for her innovation and achievements, winning the Fish 2.0 International Business Plan competition in 2015 and receiving the Lowell Thomas Jr. Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Conservation Organization in 2016.

We wish Kelly a heartfelt farewell with honest admiration for her work. She has amazed us with her ability and tenacity and inspired us with her efforts and leadership. We wish her further success in her new role at Ecotrust, knowing her efforts will continue to benefit our coastal communities, our State and our shared environment.

As AMCC looks to the future we are encouraged by the arrival of Anne Remick. Anne comes to AMCC leadership with quiet confidence and enthusiasm. She has earned that confidence through twenty years of experience with organizations such as Alaska Conservation Foundation and Alaska Community Foundation. We enthusiastically welcome Anne, knowing she has large shoes to fill but confident in her ability.

--Bob Himschoot, AMCC Board member

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Catch 49 , formerly "Catch of the Season," is offering the same high quality, the same convenience with a fresh new look, name, and website.

 Sourced from Alaska commercial fishing families, Catch 49 provides local seafood offerings periodically throughout the year to homes of Alaskans stretching from Homer to Fairbanks. The best part? By purchasing seafood through us, the fishermen who caught your fish receive a larger percentage of the proceeds than if you purchase it in a retail store. 

Our first Catch 49 offering is live now!  Pickup will be available in Anc horage, Fairbanks, Homer, and Seward in early-to-mid November. The seafood lineup includes:
  • Norton Sound red king crab
  • Kodiak Jig rockfish
  • Homer Pacific halibut
  • Barnacle Kelp Salsa and Pickles

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AMCC Staff Support
Seafood Marketing Course
for Bristol Bay High School Students
 

AMCC' s Kelly Harrell and Rachel Donkersloot with the first cohort of students to complete the new fisheries CTE program in the Bristol Bay region.
Last month, Working Waterfronts Program Director Rachel Donkersloot and outgoing
Executive Director Kelly Harrell traveled to Naknek to help lead the first fisheries  Career and Technical Education (CTE) program in the Bristol Bay region. In 2016, the  four rural school districts in the region recognized the need to work collaboratively to  better prepare youth to perceive and pursue commercial fishing opportunities in the  region through development of a formalized region-wide fisheries-focused CTE program.  The first step toward this end occurred in September 2017 with the launch of an intense  week-long course covering safety and cold-water survival, seafood marketing and brand  development, net hanging, and tours of local drift boats and setnet operations.  [...read more...]

Two New Staff Join the AMCC Team
We are very excited to introduce Noah Sunflower as the new Fishing Community Organizer. Noah brings a lot of skill and strength to our work and we are thrilled to have him coordinating the Alaska Young Fishermen's Network and helping with our fisheries conservation work. Noah has worked as an advocate for working families in Anchorage for the past five years, as a political and community organizer for unions, and later as a program director for Habitat for Humanity. Please join us in welcoming Noah!

Jennifer Gordon has returned to AMCC as our Communications and Development Coordinator, focusing on events, fundraising, social media, website -- all things communication (so don't be surprised if you hear from her). Jennifer is a lifelong sailor and ocean lover who grew up sailing on the East Coast and more recently spent over a year at sea with her family of four, logging 10,000+ nautical miles along the west coast of North America. Jen spends her summers in Seldovia, Alaska living off the grid by the sea and winters in Anchorage. Her teenaged son has recently become a Bristol Bay set-netter, making good on his Alaskan birth certificate. She has worked extensively with nonprofits around Anchorage since she arrived in Alaska twenty years ago. Jen is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Life Coach.
Events of Interest
Oct. 28-29   Alaska Young Fishermen's Network Statewide Gathering & Visioning Workshop

Nov. 16-18   Pacific Marine Expo, Seattle  - Visit AMCC at our booth #4321 in the new Alaska section!


Dec. 1-5    Board of Fisheries Meeting , Valdez


Dec 6-8   Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit , Anchorage, Dena'ina Center

Dec. 16 
Homer Ocean Boogie & AMCC Cash Raffle Drawing at
  Alice's Champagne Palace (more info coming soon!)
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