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.
The last day to Pick.Click.Give to your favorite Alaskan nonprofits is this Friday, March 31!
You can still designate a portion of your PFD to AMCC, even if you’ve already filed. From the PFD home page, select the green “Add or Change Your Pick.Click.Give. Donation” button. You will be prompted to enter your name, social security number and date of birth. Once you click “Enter,” your PFD application details will show your charitable contributions to date and provide a button to change your contributions. Follow the prompts to add new donations. The average Pick.Click.Give donation last year was $108.
Participate in Pick.Click.Give by March 31 and you’ll be entered to win a cash prize equal to this year’s dividend! Ten lucky Alaskans will be selected to win when PFDs are distributed this fall. There’s never been a more important time to support Alaska’s nonprofits and defend our natural resources from exploitation. Thank you for helping to fuel our critical work!
Today, we continue our series on family fishing traditions that highlights the next generation of fishermen that have grown up as part of the extended Alaska Marine Conservation Council family. We were inspired by our friends at The Salmon Project who recently showcased some of our favorite fishing women: Lexi Fish Hackett of Sitka, and Claire Neaton and Emma Teal Laukitis (aka The Salmon Sisters). Lexi, Claire, and Emma Teal are the daughters of our founding board members Steve Fish and Buck Laukitis.
We caught up with Lexi, Claire, and Emma Teal on childhoods spent fishing and what their hopes are for future fishing generations. In the first edition we highlighted Lexi Fish Hackett of Sitka, and in this edition we showcase the Salmon Sisters, Claire and Emma Teal Laukitis.
Like we said before, it’s hard to describe how it feels to see these young women step into the roles of conservation-minded fishermen, stewards of the resource, business owners, and mothers. The simplest way to sum is: it’s why we do what we do at the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.
At AMCC, we believe in sustaining ties to family, community, and to the ocean that nourishes us so deeply. We believe in nourishing the next generation of fishermen and leaders like Lexi, Claire, Emma, and many other young fishermen across Alaska that we have the pleasure of knowing and admiring.
Through their business the Salmon Sisters, Emma and Claire have been especially generous to AMCC, joining early on as a business member, creating a special “Our Oceans” hoodie with a portion of proceeds going to AMCC, and most recently donating revenue from sales of their young fishermen apparel to support young fishermen. We hope you will join Claire and Emma in supporting AMCC’s work.
In Alaska, it’s the time of year where we apply for our annual PFD.
AMCC is an official Pick.Click.Give. organization and we hope you will consider donating a portion of your PFD to AMCC’s work to bolster the next generation of young fishing leaders.
For additional instructions on how to allocate a portion of your PFD to AMCC, click here.
Q&A on Family Fishing Traditions with Salmon Sisters, Claire Neaton & Emma Laukitis
Question: How long have you been fishing for and what’s your favorite thing about fishing?
Claire & Emma: We grew up on our dad’s boat, but started fishing together as his crew when we were 12 and 13. Our favorite part about fishing is that it’s guaranteed time together as a family — we’ve gotten to know each other and our parents in a different way because of long summer days together at sea. When we were in college on the East Coast, we always looked forward to returning to Alaska to fish for the summers, and still feel an innate seasonal pull back to the ocean.
Question: What does it mean to you to continue your family’s fishing tradition?
Claire & Emma: Our family’s fishing traditions began with our parents, who moved to Alaska in their 20’s. So, our own tradition is young. But our parents learned skills from fishermen on the back deck of boats and on the dock, listened to stories from village elders, saw how fish were treated as a valuable resource and taught these values to my sister and me as we were growing up in False Pass. We continue our family’s fishing tradition by returning to the ocean each year to harvest fish sustainably, and in the off-season we spend our time and efforts celebrating our lifestyle as fishermen, the traditions that keep our industry and coastal communities strong, and the wild seafood that we catch with our business, Salmon Sisters.
Question: What types of lessons has your family passed down to you about stewardship our fisheries and oceans?
Claire & Emma: Our dad always taught us about the ocean — the geography, the birds, the tides, the way salmon swim upstream to spawn. A total education has allowed us to appreciate and respect where we work and the importance of our treatment of the resources there, how abuse of a resource will affect much more than itself. We have been taught that our family’s health is directly dependent on the health of the oceans, so we must do whatever we can to keep it in equilibrium, and thriving.
Question: What are some of your hopes for the future of our fisheries, your community, or the fishing legacy that future generations might inherit?
Claire & Emma: We hope that more young people will get involved in our fisheries and take responsibility for its health. Sustainable fisheries are about feeding yourself and others, without waste. If we can all keep this simplicity in mind, then there’s room to help the industry and ecosystem in other ways. Learning skills that will make us more efficient and smarter fishermen, getting educated on what our communities need and how we can help spread wild Alaska seafood across the globe. We hope the strength in the community of fishermen stays united and strong in the future, because our identities depend upon it.
Help celebrate and support the continuation of family fishing traditions like those of the Laukitis family and donate a portion of your PFD to AMCC this year. Together, we can create the kind of fishing future generations of Alaskans to come deserve.
It can really pay to give!
When you Pick.Click.Give. to the Alaska Marine Conservation Council in 2015, you will be entered to double your dividend!
In March of 2014, Pick.Click.Give. launched a new incentive to encourage Alaskans to share part of their PFD and support Alaskan nonprofits. We’re excited to announce that Pick.Click.Give. is offering the Double Your Dividend sweepstakes again in 2015! For more information on this sweepstakes, including the official rules, please visit pickclickgive.org.
What is Pick.Click.Give?
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council participates in Alaska’s Pick.Click.Give. program. This innovative program enables Alaskans to contribute a portion or all of their Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) to nonprofits around the state. We hope you will consider using part of your PFD to support healthy fisheries, oceans and coastal communities this year by donating to AMCC through Pick.Click.Give!
Participating in Pick.Click.Give. is easy!
When filing for your PFD online between January 1st and March 31st, you will see an option to add a Pick.Click.Give. donation. Follow the instructions to make a donation – the Alaska Marine Conservation Council is listed as a “statewide” organization.Already filed? You can still add a gift at http://www.pfd.alaska.gov/ By selecting the option to make your contact information available to us, you will receive a complimentary AMCC membership with your donation.
Let us know about your pledge
If you pledged a donation of your PFD to AMCC through Pick.Click.Give., let us know so that we can recognize you before October (when we are notified of the names of donors and amounts of donations). You can call or email our Communications and Development Coordinator at 907.277.5352 or firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your pledge. This way your complimentary AMCC membership can start right now! Learn more about becoming an AMCC member.
To learn more about other ways you can donate to AMCC, please click here. Thank you for your support!