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Join Our Team: AMCC Seeking New Communications & Development Manager

Date Posted: April 11, 2019       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: AMCC jobs, join our team

Are you detail-oriented, a lover of numbers, fisheries, and the ocean? Do you want to go to work with a great team of passionate folks, be connected to coastal Alaska and work for an award-wining, innovative nonprofit? Then our Communications and Development Manager position may be for you!

As a vital member of the team, this position supports the important communications and fundraising functions of our small, unique non-profit. This position has the potential for long-term growth with the organization and would be a part of a supportive, passionate, and dynamic staff team. This position is full-time. Compensation for this position is dependent on experience and includes AMCC’s generous vacation, retirement, dental coverage, flex holidays, and personal health insurance. The position is based out of AMCC’s Anchorage office. We are an organization that seeks to accommodate an active outdoor lifestyle, families, and fishermen.

To apply please send your resume and cover letter to jason@akmarine.org. This position will remain open until filled. Click here for a full description.



Catch 49 January Offering: Kodiak Tanner Crab And More!

Date Posted: January 15, 2019       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: catch 49

Happy New Year from Catch 49! As the daylight returns, we’re looking forward to a great year of seafood offerings in 2019. To kick it off, we are thrilled to offer Kodiak Tanner crab, harvested by Capt. Charlie Peterson, F/V Patricia Sue, statewide starting January 7th!

This short ordering period closes on January 20!

Be sure to get your order in today!

Catch 49 and small-boat, conservation-minded fishermen work together to bring Alaskan seafood lovers the beautiful, sweet, and rich species: Kodiak Tanner Crab! Tanner crab – Chionoecetes bairdi – are carefully managed and only harvested once a year in the Kodiak District of the Gulf of Alaska if there are enough crab for commercial harvest. In fact, 2019 will be only the second time in six years that this fishery has been open. In addition to this crab’s superb taste, it adds diversity to Kodiak’s small-boat fishing region. We are proud to offer this unique crab species that provides crucial income to many fishing families and adds an economic boost to the town. 

We will also be offering delectable Homer Pacific halibut and sablefish, harvested by Captain Erik Velsko on the F/V Dangerous Cape. And, we still have gift cards available for those hard-to-shop-for friends and loved ones. Gift cards are available in values ranging from $50-$200 and are redeemable for any 2019 offering.

You can pick up your crab, halibut and sablefish in Anchorage or Fairbanks during the first weeks of February. Place your order and keep an eye on www.catch49.org for details. Don’t miss your chance to secure your share of Alaska’s finest wild seafood!



Your Gift Makes a Difference

Date Posted: January 15, 2019       Categories: AMCC Blog       Tags: Pick.Click.Give.

AMCC is a grassroots organization working statewide to stimulate progress and solutions to protect marine habitat, minimize bycatch, and promote viable, community-based fishing opportunities. We’re also working to increase consumption of locally harvested sustainable seafood and at the same time, increase profitability of Alaska’s small-boat fishing operations.

AMCC’s members include fishermen, business owners, conservationists, marine scientists, working families, and others who share concerns about ecosystem and community sustainability and the significant impacts of human activity on Alaska’s oceans. AMCC’s diverse Board of Directors is made up of Alaskans – many of them fishermen – from coastal communities spanning the state from Southeast to the Bristol Bay.

AMCC’s niche in advocating for smart solutions for fisheries and community sustainability has never been more important. AMCC will continue to catalyze meaningful progress with the support of Alaskans like you. Our fisheries are our most valuable resource and we hope to support their health and support fishing opportunities for Alaskans far into the future. 

One way you can help us maintain the integrity and intrinsic value of Alaska’s coastal communities and ecosystems is by choosing to give through Pick.Click.Give. We’d appreciate your support.

PICK. CLICK. GIVE. for Healthy Fisheries & Oceans this Year!



We’ve Been Making Waves for 24 Years

Date Posted: December 13, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog AMCC in the News

In 1992, with support from the Alaska Conservation Foundation, Nevette Bowen, a community organizer and fisherman, traveled coastal Alaska to listen to the marine conservation concerns of commercial, recreational, and subsistence harvesters, and coastal residents. A consensus emerged from these coastal voices and with it, the creation of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC). In 1994, AMCC was founded as a voice for long-term, community based marine conservation. Since that time, AMCC has remained steadfast in its commitment to ensuring the role of local coastal residents in decision-making processes, and addressing growing threats to Alaska’s marine ecosystems, including high levels of bycatch, destructive fishing practices, and offshore drilling with insufficient consideration of fisheries resources and habitats. The work of AMCC is guided by the core principle that people are part of, and depend on, healthy and diverse marine ecosystems and are responsible for maintaining these ecosystems.

Excerpt from “Making Waves for 24 Years – The Alaska Marine Conservation Council” by Theresa Peterson, ONCORHYNCHUSXXXVIII, 1-2; 5-6. (Click link to download newsletter.)



#GivingTuesday is a great time to show AMCC some love!

Date Posted: November 26, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog Uncategorized

There are so many great causes to support on Giving Tuesday–we hope that AMCC is on your list!

Founded by the team in the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 27. This day is meant to inspire people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

Thank you for your support!



AMCC Welcomes New Fishing Community Organizer

Date Posted: November 26, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog Uncategorized

Jamie O'ConnorHave you met Jamie O’Connor yet? AMCC is so happy to welcome her! She hit the ground running and is already in the swing of things.

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. She joined the AMCC staff in October of 2018. She coordinates the Alaska Fisherman’s Network and supports our fisheries conservation projects. 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.



Kodiak Ocean Boogie 2018

Date Posted: October 16, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog AMCC e-news       Tags: Ocean boogie

AMCC is pleased to announce the 11th annual Kodiak Ocean Boogie on Saturday, November 10th at Tony’s Bar! Enjoy live music, dancing, free appetizers, and an all around good time. Bid to win silent auction items and fantastic auctioned desserts, with all proceeds to benefit AMCC. We will not be doing a raffle this year. Please join us at the Boogie for a night of fun.

Buy tickets in advance or at the door. Thank you for your support!

Kodiak Ocean Boogie details



National Award Won for Research Project Examining Fisheries Access

Date Posted: October 10, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog AMCC e-news       Tags: Graying of the Fleet Research Project

Left to right: Courtney Carothers, Rachel Donkersloot and Danielle Ringer

“Graying of the Fleet in Alaska’s Fisheries: Defining the Problem and Assessing Solutions”

The Graying of the Fleet research project won a national award at Sea Grant Week hosted in Portland, Oregon last month. The Sea Grant AssociationsResearch to Application Award recognizes notable Sea Grant funded research that elevates public understanding and responsible use of the nation’s ocean, coastal or Great Lakes resources.

The Graying of the Fleet study examines barriers to entry into Alaska commercial fisheries in Bristol Bay and Kodiak Archipelago fishing communities. The research team consists of UAF faculty, Courtney Carothers, AMCC’s Working Waterfronts Director, Rachel Donkersloot, retired Alaska Sea Grant director, Paula Cullenberg, and UAF graduate research assistants, Danielle Ringer and Jesse Coleman. UAF undergraduate student, Alexandra Bateman, also contributed to the study.  Alaska Sea Grant and the North Pacific Research Board provided funding for the project.

The three-year study includes a global review of potential policy responses to the graying of the fleet in Alaska in the report: “Turning the Tide: How can Alaska address the ‘graying of the fleet’ and loss of rural fisheries access?” The research team also recently released two journal articles. Another article is currently under development.

“We’re honored that our work has received this recognition,” said AMCC staffer Donkersloot. “From the outset we have worked to meaningfully share project findings with a broad audience. Our team gave more than 60 presentations over the course of this project in local, state, federal and international venues. Last summer we worked with long-time fishermen and industry experts to gather advice that we shared via Public Service Announcements during the fishing season. We are hopeful that our work will continue to inform fisheries policy and better support the next generation of Alaska fishermen.”

Left to right: Jesse Coleman, Danielle Ringer and Rachel Donkersloot

The team has also created seven short videos featuring advice to new and young fishermen that are available on the project’s website and the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network website. The final report is available at the North Pacific Research Board’s project database. Other project materials and reports are available at fishermen.alaska.edu.



Copper River Coho Salmon Available from Catch 49

Date Posted: September 28, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog AMCC e-news       Tags: catch 49

Copper River Coho Salmon Filet

AMCC’s Catch 49 Program is offering Copper River coho salmon in 10-lb, 20-lb or 30-lb shares, with ordering available online on Catch 49’s website until close of day on September 30, 2018.

  • Wild Copper River Coho (silver) Salmon
  • 8-12 oz portions
  • Skin on, pin bone in, vacuum-sealed and flash-frozen
  • Carefully caught and impeccably handled
  • Processed by fishermen-owned 60 North Seafoods
  • Available in 10-, 20-, and 30lb shares
  • Caught by Hayley Hoover of the F/V Obsidian and Tyee Lohse of the F/V Free Ride

Copper River coho, also known as silver salmon, are widely known as the finest coho anywhere in the world due to their high oil content and firm, robust flesh. Averaging about 12 pounds each, Copper River cohos arrive in late August and September, and signal the close of Alaska’s fresh summer season. Kodiak jig rockfish, wild Alaska sablefish (black cod), and Norton Sound red king crab are also available.

Catch 49 offerings are only available in limited quantities for a limited time. If you are not on our e-mailing list and would like to join it so you can be notified about Catch 49 offerings, please email katy@akmarine.org and ask to be added to the list. Please visit www.catch49.org to see current offerings.



Catch 49 Offers Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon

Date Posted: July 11, 2018       Categories: AMCC Blog AMCC in the News

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Catch 49 is for Alaskans, by Alaskans

Alaska seafood is the No. 1 brand featured on all US menus. But the majority of it is exported around the world, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). That’s what makes Catch 49 unique. Originally called “Catch of the Season,” this community supported fishery program provides Alaskans with wild seafood harvested by Alaska’s small-boat fishermen. Catch 49 is one of many initiatives run by the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC), who is committed to supporting local, Alaska resident fishermen and processors, and facilitating access to local, sustainable seafood to fellow Alaskans who share AMCC’s vision for maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem. The Catch 49 program is currently offering Bristol Bay sockeye salmon. Catch 49 allows customers in the state to order a share of the season’s harvest from small-boat Alaska fishermen ahead of time. Customers then can pick up their orders at a designated site in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Homer, about two weeks after the ordering period closes. “Although the program is quite consumer focused, we have had a high level of interest from foodservice operators in Alaska,” says Cassandra Squibb, who is helping to market Catch 49 products. “Not only does each offering come with information about the fishery, but we also can provide the name of the captain, the vessel, and exactly where the fish was caught.” Go to www.catch49.org to order 10, 20 or 45 lb shares of high quality, flash frozen Bristol Bay sockeye fillets.



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