Fishing Fellows Program

Program Summary

The Young Fishing Fellows Program is AMCC’s most recent initiative in our ongoing effort to support Alaska’s next generation of fishermen as stewards, advocates, business owners and community leaders.

The program works with community partner organizations to provide fellows with valuable learning, leadership and career-building opportunities in the following arenas:

  • Fisheries management & policy
  • Seafood businesses
  • Seafood markets
  • Fisheries & ocean sciences
  • Marine conservation
  • Fishing community sustainability & well-being

Fellowships match the goals and needs of young fishermen today with host organizations engaged in fisheries-related projects. Fellowships are structured to provide opportunity, experience and support to young fishing leaders through mentorship, professional development and hands-on learning. In 2017, AMCC is working with five partner organizations to offer fellowships based in Homer, Sitka, Fairbanks and Anchorage.

The Young Fishing Fellows Program is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For inquiries about YFFP, please contact




Which organizations are hosting fellowships?

We’re excited to have received proposals from host organizations across Alaska, from Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in Southeast to Tanana Chiefs Conference in the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim region. Read more about our 2017-2018 fellowship opportunities here!

What is the program’s format?

In 2017, AMCC is supporting young fishing fellowships at five different organizations engaged in work central to the sustainable management of fisheries and complementary to AMCC’s mission, values and goals. The duration of each fellowship is different depending on the needs of the host organization. Fellowships begin with an orientation led by staff from AMCC and the host organization that review shared commitments, goals and expectations. Fellows will work closely with a mentor from the host organization who oversees the fellowship but AMCC staff will arrange quarterly check-ins with each fellow to ensure goals are being met.

What is required?

Each fellowship will begin with an orientation led by AMCC staff and the host organization. At that time, a clear list of work activities, goals and expectations will be agreed upon. Each fellow is also required to (co)host one or two community-based outreach activities designed to help grow and shape the emerging Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network (AYFN). AYFN is a recent initiative of AMCC’s that aims to empower the next generation of fishermen as advocates, stewards, business owners and community leaders.

Outreach activities may include (co)organizing a young fishermen event or workshop, or writing an article or blog for your local paper or the AYFN website. In Fall/Winter 2017, the AYFN steering committee is hosting a Strategic Planning Summit in Anchorage to help better define the Network’s goals, principles and direction. Fellows will help inform this process by carrying out 3-5 short interviews with local fishermen and leaders to help identify what the Network should be working toward in the coming years. Fellows may have the opportunity to participate in the Summit (funding for Summit participation is separate from fellowship funding).  

How is the program funded?

AMCC provides grants to host organizations which cover the fellowship stipend. In some cases, host organizations provide matching funds to support fellows and cover additional costs such as travel. In 2017-2018, fellowships are funded through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

Who is eligible to apply? (i.e. Who is a young fisherman?)

AMCC and host organizations seek applications from highly motivated individuals currently engaged in Alaska fisheries and interested in furthering their education, personal growth and professional development in Alaska fisheries.

Applicants must be:

  • Alaska residents that participate in Alaska commercial and/or subsistence fisheries.
  • Active crew members, skippers and/or permit/quota holders.
  • All active fishermen under the age of 40 are welcome to apply but priority will be given to fishermen with at least 3 years of fishing experience and demonstrated leadership and commitment to their community and industry.  
  • Able to commit to the full duration of the fellowship.

How can fellows stay engaged after their fellowship ends?

The Young Fishing Fellows Program was created in the spirit of AMCC’s broader work to support the next generation of community-based fishermen in Alaska. The program is tied closely to the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network (AYFN). Both initiatives work to connect young fishermen to each other, to strong mentors and to the resources they need to be successful. The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network is the vehicle which supports the continued engagement and growth of fellows after fellowships end. You can learn more about AYFN or join the network here.

How do I apply for a fellowship?

  • Applications will be accepted through AMCC’s online system beginning in March 2018.
  • If you are unable to submit an application online or prefer another format please contact

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