Thank you to everyone who participated in AMCC’s 2016 Annual Raffle! Your support is vital to AMCC’s work and makes a positive impact on Alaska’s wild fisheries and those who depend on them. All purchasers received a complimentary AMCC membership for one year with the purchase of a ticket.
This year’s raffle drawing was held in Kodiak at our annual Ocean Boogie fundraiser on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Ryan Howarth from Kodiak was the big $10,000 prize winner this year! A complete list of winners is in the photo to the left.
Prize receipts will be mailed out to all winners the week of November 14th. After we receive the completed prize receipt form we will mail you your check!
If you have any questions, please call Jonalyn or Tracy at 907.277.5357 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again to everyone who supported another successful raffle!
This year’s Pacific Marine Expo will take place November 17–19 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. As the largest commercial marine trade show on the West Coast, more than 450 exhibitors come together to engage and network with buyers in their industry. With three full days of exhibits, education sessions, events and happy hours, this event is a must if you own a commercial fishing business.
Find AMCC in the Alaska Aisle- Booth #544
While you’re at the Expo, stop by AMCC’s booth in the Alaska Aisle #544. Renew your membership with our Expo special and get a Salmon Sisters halibut tee or Kleen Kanteen cup! Staff including our Executive Director will be there chatting about the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network, the impacts of ocean acidification on Alaska’s fisheries and more.
Young Fishermen’s Happy Hour, Friday Nov. 18th at 5pm
For the full show schedule, exhibitor list and more, visit: http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/
AMCC’s board and staff are returning to Kodiak this fall! Our board of directors will be holding their annual retreat in Kodiak November 11-12. We look forward to connecting with as many of our members as possible during our visit to Alaska’s largest fishing port.
Join us for these two events:
Join AMCC staff to mix and mingle over beers. Any remaining tickets to AMCC’s annual cash raffle will be available for purchase. Chat with board and staff about our work and the latest happenings at AMCC.
- Enjoy foot-stomping bluegrass music by Kodiak’s own White Twang, including a special guest fiddler from Anchorage!
- Celebrate our island bounty with delicious seafood appetizers provided by Monk’s Rock!
- Bid on sweets and treats in our live dessert auction and silent auction featuring local art!
Tickets are $30. All proceeds benefit AMCC’s work to promote healthy marine ecosystems and thriving coastal communities.
To purchase tickets in advance, call the AMCC office at 277-5357 or Theresa at 539-1927. Tickets will also be available at the door. This is a smoke-free event.
By Hannah Heimbuch
Watching two adults hoist a massive pot of hot cod chowder onto the counter, I wondered if enough people would forgo the fall sunshine to make a dent in it. It steamed there on the counter, flanked by baskets brimming with soft slices of fresh bread, seeming to whisper the secret of festival planners through the ages: If you feed them, they will come.
And they did. It was the first event for the united Homer Halibut Festival and Wooden Boat Festival, and on the inaugural night we joined festivity forces and welcomed our community to the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center for a movie and speaker evening featuring the almighty halibut and the ships that pursue them. Whether drawn by the prospect of talking fish, or by the savory food magic of Two Sisters Bakery, one by one the room filled with more than 70 seafood lovers and boaters, scientists, and fishermen.
International Pacific Halibut Commission took the floor to share some of the history and science behind the Commission’s work and its signature species. We ended the evening with a documentary on the North Pacific’s historic wooden halibut schooners, some still fishing after more than a century harvesting halibut. I carried an empty chowder pot back to the truck. Mission accomplished.
By the time the sun came up again, a new team had assembled for our second event, the Halibut Fest Fish Fry, held this year at the Wooden Boat Festival grounds on the Homer Spit. But before we could fry, we had to prep.
Time to engage Homer’s steadfast ecosystem of community helpers. Potato salad for 300 people? Easy. Portioning 100 pounds of halibut donated by local fishermen? No problem; Homer volunteers show up with their own fillet knives. Coal Point opened the doors to its kitchen, and our generous sponsors helped us purchase the necessary ingredients. We even discovered that halibut scientists are excellent at both ecological study and making vast amounts of coleslaw. Between our rotating prep cooks, dishwashers, food servers, fish fryers, and clean up crew—plus the generous fishermen of the North Pacific Fisheries Association and the processors that donated time and protein—the community truly showed up for the Halibut Festival.
With full bellies and a fall sunburn, we left the fish fry and headed for Alice’s. Before starting a raucous evening with the salty tunes of Rogues and Wenches, we auctioned off a suite of buoys decorated by artists from around Alaska; yet another host of generous supporters that contributed to the success of this year’s events.
Homer Halibut Festival is a celebration of this fish we love and the incredible marine ecosystem that supports them. Much as it takes a village to raise a child—or a festival for that matter—the same is certainly true for the fish we rely on and the communities we’ve built around them. Every halibut caught in the North Pacific, every business that depends upon halibut, and all the people fed by halibut, are the positive results of a complex ecosystem of species and dynamics working together.
Whether we’re talking about halibut bycatch, ocean acidification, ecosystem-based fisheries management, clean water, healthy fishing communities, or any number of other issues vital to sustaining our fisheries and fishing way of life, all roads lead back to one essential thing: a healthy ecosystem with many working parts that are valued and considered vital to the whole.
We woke Sunday to a strong southeasterly blow, but the last hours of the festival weren’t to be missed. The Kachemak Bay Running Club hosted the 2nd Annual Halibut Hustle 5K run, a loop around the harbor that had us running into a feisty head wind on the home stretch. This made a final visit to the Wooden Boat Festival grounds all the sweeter, gripping cups of coffee and standing around the fire rumbling in the large outdoor stove near the beach, the Rogues and Wenches leading us in some sea shanties to close the celebration, and bid farewell to summer. See you next year Homer, for a bigger, badder Halibut Festival.
Hannah Heimbuch is AMCC’s Homer-based Community Fisheries Organizer. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Following last year’s successful inaugural event, the AMCC team is looking forward to co-hosting the 2016 Homer Halibut Festival from September 8 – 11 with the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society. We’ve coordinated schedules and teamed up for key events to create four days of marine festival fun!
Full event details are available at www.homerhalibutfest.org
Here’s a sampling of events throughout the weekend:
Thursday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. — Join the Wooden Boat Festival folks at the Salty Dawg for an evening of shanties and stories.
Friday, September 9 at 6 p.m. — Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Wooden Boat Society join forces for a reception, followed by an informative presentation on halibut ecology by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and a film about the historical wooden halibut schooners of the North Pacific.
Saturday, September 10 at 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. — Join AMCC for a community fish fry at the Wooden Boat Festival grounds. Halibut donated by local fishermen! This event is free.
Saturday September 10 at 7 p.m. — AMCC and Wooden Boat invite you to an evening soiree and fundraising event at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Enjoy our fabulous one-of-a-kind art buoy auction and the foot-stomping tunes of the Rogues and Wenches. $10 cover charge per person.
Sunday, September 11 at 10 a.m. — Cap off the weekend with another Halibut Hustle 5K Fun Run, hosted by the Kachemak Bay Running Club, which starts at Land’s End Resort. Then visit the Wooden Boat Festival grounds for more music from the Rogues and Wenches and a final day of festival fun. To register for the Halibut Hustle, please visit www.kachemakbayrunningclub.org
Our team has been living the salmon life and feeling the salmon love this big time summer! Our Bristol Bay sockeye salmon shares offered through our community supported fishery were once again a huge hit. We have been sorting fish and weighing shares and are excited to deliver beautiful fillets from Naknek Family Fisheries to customers next week! Stay tuned for September’s seafood lineup which will include the cadillac of coho salmon from our friends at Taku River Reds along with Kodiak jig-caught rockfish and Norton Sound King Crab.
The AMCC team also traveled to Bristol Bay at the end of July for the community celebration known as Fishitval where we had a table at the bazaar and hosted a fish-themed pub quiz. Thanks to all who came out and supported our work!
Two of our resident staff fishermen recently finished up salmon fishing seasons in Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound. We are so glad to have them back!
In other news, AMCC staff are just wringing out from a rainy but fun Salmonfest 2016 with fish and music lovers in Ninilchik this past weekend. Check out our Facebook photo album and tag yourself if you took a picture in our photo booth. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to chat, take our healthy fisheries pledge, or sign our community buoy!
There’s still more salmon love to be squeezed out of summer! Just earlier this year Governor Bill Walker made it official: Every August 10th will officially be known as Alaska Wild Salmon Day. Events will be held all around the state for the inaugural celebration and the special connection that Alaskans have with our beloved silvery sirens of the sea.
Ways to Celebrate Wild Salmon Day – Wednesday, August 10th!
The AMCC team is joining forces with The Alaska Center and partners for the AK Wild Salmon Day Celebration at Cuddy Park in Anchorage from 5:30-8:00pm. There will be a free salmon barbecue, rides on the bucking salmon, music, fly-tying and more! Check out the details and RSVP here.
#2 Purchase Alaska Seafood, Salmon Chowder and Salmon Grilling Spices from our Partners!
We’re proud to partner with great local businesses who support AMCC’s work in honor of the inaugural Wild Salmon Day. Check out their special promotions to eat well and contribute to healthy fisheries at the same time!
- Copper River Seafoods: Starting at midnight tonight through 11:59 pm on August 10th, Copper River Seafoods is offering a 15% discount to customers on Wild Salmon Day, 5% which will go to AMCC in support of our programs. Customers should use promo code WildSalmonDay2016 to receive the 15% off at checkout. Order at www.copperriverseafoods.com
- Heather’s Choice:Stock up on Heather’s Choice’s Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder. Heather’s Choice will be donating all proceeds from their Salmon Chowder sales to Alaska Marine Conservation Council on August 10th in recognition of Wild Salmon Day ~ a day to honor Alaska salmon as the gold standard for seafood. Support AMCC and the conservation of wild fish by making sure you have a few bags of Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder tucked away in your backpack for your next adventure! Order at http://www.heatherschoice.com/
- Summit Spice & Tea: Visit Summit Spice & Tea at 3030 Denali Street in Anchorage between 10:00 am and 7:00 pm and buy some of their new Lemon Herb and Spicy Cajun Salmon Dip Mixes, or pick up some Slamm’ Salmon Rub for your next BBQ today! Summit Tea & Spice will donate a portion of their sales to AMCC in support of our programs. You can also place your order online at http://www.summitspiceandtea.com/index.html
#3 Other Wild Salmon Day Events Across the State
Wild Salmon Day events are also being held by Bristol Bay Native Corporation in Anchorage, the Northern Center in Fairbanks, Cook Inletkeeper in Soldotna at the Wednesday Market, United Tribes of Bristol Bay in Dillingham, in Palmer and more! Check out the full lineup of events and other ideas for celebrating at www.aksalmonday.com
Kodiak Crab Festival has been a community tradition since 1958 and is still going strong.
This year AMCC is proud to co-host Edible Kodiak: Love What’s Local, an evening of food and music, featuring local seafood, subsistence foods and Kodiak’s local harvesters. We’ll celebrate the incredible food resources found right in our backyard.
- Watch and taste as local chef Bradley Kane Ewing demonstrates how to make rockfish mousse with a spring rhubarb compote on toasted baguette points
- Dance to upbeat island tunes by Chitsuwa Marimba Players
- Taste delicious treats made from Kodiak’s harvest
- Connect with local food initiatives happening on Kodiak
Edible Kodiak: Love What’s Local
Thursday, May 26th from 5-7 pm
Afognak Native Corporation Building
300 Alimaq Drive, Near Island
AMCC is excited to be returning to ComFish, Alaska’s largest fishery trade show. ComFish 2016 runs from March 31 – April 2 in Kodiak. See you on the Emerald Isle!
Fish Taco Night
What: Kodiak Jig Seafoods fish tacos
Where: Kodiak Island Brewery
When: Wednesday, March 30 from 4–7 pm
Kick off ComFish right! We’re celebrating Kodiak’s bounty with fish tacos featuring cod harvested by local small boat fishermen. We look forward to this popular event all year. See you at the brewery! $5 suggested donation.
What: “Right to Fish: Challenges and Opportunities in Alaska Fishing Access”
When: Thursday, March 31 from 10 am–12 pm
Where: Best Western Kodiak Inn Banquet Room
Join researchers, policymakers and fishermen for an engaging panel discussion about potential solutions for improving local fishing access for Alaskans. This event is free to the public. Complimentary fish chowder will be provided by Monk’s Rock.
Paula Cullenberg, Alaska Sea Grant
Paula is the director of the Alaska Sea Grant program, a partnership between NOAA and UAF that has focused on strong coastal communities and economies and healthy resources in Alaska for over 40 years. Her family are longtime setnetters in Bristol Bay.
Paula will present a summary of recommendations from a recent workshop called, Fisheries Access for Alaska – Charting the Future. More than 100 Alaskans from fishing communities across the state participated and discussed ways to ensure our fisheries continue to support Alaska into the future.
Courtney Carothers, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks
Courtney is an Associate Professor of Fisheries at UAF. She has been working closely with Kodiak communities for more than 10 years to study questions of access and equity in Alaska’s fisheries.
Courtney will present the initial results from “The Graying of the Fleet and Alaska’s Next Generation of Fishermen,” a research project conducted in Kodiak and Bristol Bay based on more than 130 interviews and 800 surveys with local youth.
Hannah Heimbuch, Alaska Marine Conservation Council
Hannah Heimbuch is a third-generation commercial fisherman from Homer, Alaska. She fishes salmon and halibut in the Gulf of Alaska, and works as the Community Fisheries Organizer for Alaska Marine Conservation Council.
Hannah will discuss the development of The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network. The network aims to connect and empower young fishermen to become the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska—in business, policy and stewardship.
Duncan Fields, North Pacific Fishery Management Council
Raised in Kodiak, Duncan and his family have fished salmon in Uyak Bay each summer since 1960. In the early 80’s Duncan attended law school and returned to Kodiak to work for fishermen: first on the Exxon Valdez litigation and then on regulatory issues. He was appointed to the Legislative Salmon task force in 2002, the Alaska Fisheries Marketing Board in 2003 and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute Board in 2004 and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) in 2007 where he still serves.
Duncan will present a conceptual framework and application of Alternative 3 in the Council’s current Gulf of Alaska Trawl Bycatch Management motion.
Full details on ComFish 2016 here.
Join us to celebrate and protect Bristol Bay & Bering Sea fisheries during this year’s Pacific Marine Expo.
What: Fishermen’s Reception
Who: Fishermen and supporters of protecting Bristol Bay from offshore drilling and the Pebble Mine
When: Thursday, November 19th, 5-7pm
Where: The Piranha Shop, 1022 1st Ave. S.
*Delicious seafood appetizers and drinks by Orfeo Catering.
Congratulations to the AMCC Cash Raffle Winners from our drawing at the 9th Annual Kodiak Ocean Boogie!
The winners are:
Last ticket drawn for $10,000 – Duncan Fields, Kodiak
2nd to last ticket drawn for $1500 – Char Lopez, Dillingham
325th ticket drawn for $250 – Patty Arnold, Palmer
300th ticket drawn for $500 – Shannon McBride-Morin, Homer
275th ticket drawn for $250 – Peter Neaton, Homer
250th ticket drawn for $250 – Mary Rose Grech, Homer
225th ticket drawn for $250 – Linda Sargent, Kodiak
200th ticket drawn for $500 – Robert Himschoot Sr., Fairbanks
175th ticket drawn for $250 – Megan Armstrong, Dillingham
150th ticket drawn for $250 – Dave Kubiak, Kodiak
125th ticket drawn for $250 – Dave Aplin, Homer
100th ticket drawn for $500 – Bruce Lozekar, Homer
75th ticket drawn for $250 – Dick Tremaine, Roanoke, VA
50th ticket drawn for $250 – Stephanie Love, Kodiak
25th ticket drawn for $250 – Matt Moser, Anchorage
1st ticket drawn for $250 – Bob Himschoot, Fairbanks
A big thank you to everyone who purchased raffle tickets and supported healthy oceans and healthy communities!