AMCC October E-news
Kodiak Ocean Boogie

Save the date, Kodiak! The 11 th biannual Ocean Boogie will be held at Tony’s Bar on November 10 th from 7-10 p.m. This smoke-free event features local band A Couple More Drinks , Monk’s Rock seafood appetizers, a silent auction and desserts auction. Come on out and support marine conservation and AMCC’s work to promote thriving coastal communities like ours. Purchase your ticket here , at the door, or call AMCC board members Darius Karprzak, Ryan Horwath, or AMCC staff member Theresa Peterson. Your $30 ticket gets you in the door, renews your AMCC membership, and provides essential support to AMCC's mission. Thank you!  

Would you like to donate a gift for the silent auction? Call AMCC at 907-277-5357. 

Council Report

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council met in October as summer fishing seasons and daylight hours wound down in Alaska. The meeting began with a full agenda, and a vote unanimously confirming Simon Kinneen for Council chair. A lifelong Alaskan from Nome, Simon has served on the Council since 2014 and brings a comprehensive understanding of fisheries to the process.

The Council took a broad range of actions, including the review and recommendation of a Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem plan (BS FEP). The BS FEP, which will come up for final adoption by the Council in December, adds value to existing Council processes that target ecosystem evaluations and inform Bering Sea management. Alaska has embraced a whole ecosystem approach for many years, and already uses ecosystem-based policy goals to manage its groundfish. This plan outlines strategies, goals, geographic scope and a feedback mechanism where regular evaluations would initiate actions linked to the FEP’s strategic objectives.

These actions include protocols to use local and traditional knowledge to better understand Council decision impacts on subsistence users. A need communicated by a number of Bering Sea area tribal representatives, who shared their unique knowledge of this large ecosystem and emphasized the value of that knowledge in the decision making process.

The Council also appointed seven members to the newly-formed Community Engagement Committee . The Committee will develop tools and processes to improve communications and understanding between rural communities and tribes and the Council. Members represent fishing communities from all over Alaska and include: Simon Kinneen and Theresa Peterson (Co-Chairs), Jennifer Hooper, Robert Keith, Nicole Kimball, Merissa Merculieff, Tom Panamaroff, Rob Sanderson, and Becca Robins Gisclair. 

Read more about the BS FEP and the October meeting in the Council newsletter .

New Staff Introduction

Meet Jamie O’Connor, AMCC fishing community organizer. Jamie joined the AMCC staff this month to coordinate the Alaska Fisherman’s Network and support our fisheries conservation projects. Fishermen, pilots, and a noisy librarian raised Jamie in Dillingham, Alaska just north of the family set-net operation, where they’ve harvested salmon for six generations!

She earned her B.A. of Journalism and Public Communication at the University of Alaska Anchorage, gathering diverse experience in corporate communications, independent film and community theater projects. She then served Alaskans in Washington D.C., building Senator Dan Sullivan’s front office and internship program, before running back to Bristol Bay with the sockeye.

Jamie has since put down roots in Homer, where she participated in AMCC’s first class of Young Fishing Fellows. While fish consume the majority of her life, Jamie is also a certified yoga instructor, writer and traveler. Her favorite thing in our wild world is to make connections - to nature and to people. And she is excited to continue that work with AMCC. Welcome Jamie!   

Catch 49 Swings into the Holiday Season
Although the first snow has fallen and summer salmon season seems ever farther away, Catch 49 is still working with Alaska’s small boat fishermen to bring the bounty of our oceans and waterways to your table this winter! This summer’s Bristol Bay sockeye run broke records, and AMCC’s social venture delivered these beautiful fish to more households in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Homer, Wasilla, North Pole, and beyond – than ever before!  Catch 49 developed new partnerships with fisherman-owned 60° North Seafoods in Cordova and two young fishermen to bring Copper River Coho to Anchorage area customers this fall, and winter will be no different. We’re stocking up for the holidays – and so should you!

Wondering what to give your family and friends this year, while supporting the Alaska’s coastal communities and fishermen? Give the gift of wild Alaska seafood! Catch 49 will be offering holiday gift cards redeemable for any offering in 2019, as well as special holiday seafood boxes available for pickup in Anchorage. Stay tuned to www.catch49.org for details!

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