North Pacific Fisheries Policy Fellow
Host Organization: North Pacific Fisheries Association (NPFA)
Location: Homer, Alaska
Fellowship Description: NPFA invites a Young Fishing Fellow to seize the opportunity to learn from a group of highly engaged fishermen who see this as an opportunity to train a fisherman to responsibly and effectively get involved in the management process. A fellow will be given an introduction to the processes of local, state and federal decision-making bodies. This fellowship offers flexibility and openness in assigning tasks to the fellow from relevant, current projects and fisheries issues such as electronic monitoring, the Bering Sea Fisheries Ecosystem Plan, Homer Large Vessel Haul Out facility, and organizational outreach.
About the host: NPFA is a multi-gear, multi-species regional organization that represents fishermen and their families out of Homer, Alaska. Our group is a unique amalgamation of different gear types and our membership and Board of Directors represent fisheries from the Bering Sea to Southeast Alaska, as well as many years of accumulated fishing expertise and involvement in the management process. Within NPFA we have a former IPHC Commissioner, current Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commissioner, and a current Council member. We also have members serving in various capacities within United Fishermen of Alaska, Seafood Harvesters of America, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, Kodiak Aquaculture Association, Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation and Kachemak Bay State Park Advisory Council, the NPFMC Electronic Monitoring Workgroup, and NPFMC IFQ Committee. We take a multi-generational approach to issues in order to provide a sustainable resource that not only benefits our membership and possible new-entrants as years go by, but also to the community in which we live.
Fisheries Policy Analyst and Outreach Fellow
Host Organization: Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC)
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Fellowship Description: This position will assist and support local resource users in more effectively engaging and participating in fisheries management decision-making bodies affecting the Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim (AYK) region, with an emphasis on impacts to subsistence and commercial fishery resources and harvesting practices. The fellow will assist local resource users in analyzing and/or developing regulatory change proposals, conduct public outreach related to upcoming meetings and major actions items, and provide (group and one-on-one) training sessions to promote local engagement and input in resource management decisions. The fellow will work closely with TCC’s Hunting and Fishing Taskforce Director and attend management meetings to provide technical assistance to local participants. This position will concentrate heavily on the upcoming Board of Fisheries AYK meeting cycle.
About the host: Tanana Chiefs Conference, the traditional tribal consortium of the 42 villages of Interior Alaska, is based on a belief in tribal self-determination and the need for regional Native unity. TCC provides a unified voice in advancing sovereign tribal governments through the promotion of physical and mental wellness, education, socioeconomic development, and culture of the Interior Alaska Native people. TCC is organized as Dena’ Nena’ Henash or “Our Land Speaks,” an Alaska Native non-profit corporation.
Legislative Fishing Fellow
Host Organization: Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Fellowship Description: This fellow will help foster a small portfolio of fisheries-related policy projects, including 1) Fish 101, a written guide to the practical and political world of fishing in Alaska; 2) Outreach to fishing groups, organizations, and communities on HB 188, a bill that aims to create a new mechanism for keeping limited entry permits in fishing communities; and 3) Building a working relationship with the State Division of Investments to brainstorm on improving access to fisheries financing programs, such as the Commercial Fisheries Revolving Loan Fund, for rural communities.
The ideal fellow will be excited to jump in on real-world work which will grow their statewide network, affect change, and challenge them to be more productive than they knew possible. They should be ready to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and do independent problem-solving with high attention to detail. They should be strong writers and communicators who are excited to see the non-deck side of how fishery decisions in Alaska are negotiated, and why “fish politics” has a larger-than-life reputation.
About the host: Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation (BBEDC) represents 17 coastal communities and is one of the six CDQ Corporations in the State of Alaska. Bristol Bay is home to the largest Sockeye Salmon run in the world. Unfortunately Bristol Bay has also been the poster child of loss of locally held fishing rights. BBEDC is investing a significant amount of its resources in evaluating this trend and what alternatives and options might be available to “turn the tide” on this issue. We look forward to hosting a fishing fellow and fostering of additional information.
Expanding the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network
Host Organization: Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS)
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Fellowship Description: The fellow will work closely with the director of the Alaska Ocean Acidification Network to maintain and expand the network. Activities include interviewing researchers or community members; writing stories about ocean acidification for the Network website or other communication channels; reaching out to new stakeholders in the fishing community; organizing speaker events; assisting with print or web materials; and participating in the ‘OA & Fishing’ working group.
About the host: AOOS represents a network of critical ocean and coastal observations, data and information products that aid our understanding of the status of Alaska’s marine ecosystem and allow stakeholders to make better decisions about their use of the marine environment. The mission of AOOS is to address regional and national needs for ocean information, gather specific data on key coastal and ocean variables, and ensure timely and sustained dissemination and availability of these data.
Federal Fisheries Policy Analysis and Leadership Training
Host organization: Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA)
Location: Sitka, Alaska
Fellowship Description: This fellowship supports a young Sitka-based fisherwoman, in providing policy analysis for the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association and serving on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Panel. The fellowship includes outreach to educate and engage other young fishermen in fisheries management through participation in forums and programs such as the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, AMCC’s Young Fishermen’s Network, and ALFA’s Young Fishermen’s Initiative.
About the host: The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association is an alliance of small-boat, commercial fishermen committed to sustainable fisheries and thriving coastal communities. Our members support science-based fisheries management through collaborative research, advocacy and innovation. We work to safeguard ocean health and improve the economic viability of small boat fishing. For our members, commercial fishing is more than a livelihood; it’s a way of life.