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It’s the fifth year for the fellowship, which is an offshoot of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. “The program is really energized to help young fisherman bridge the gap between the water and the waterfront and to help diversify their experiences within the fishing industry,” said Jamie O’Connor, AMCC Working Waterfront director. “It has included everything from direct marketing to the history of fisheries to policy and whatever creative, meaningful project our host organizations can dream up. It’s a really great way for young fishermen to utilize other skills that they may have onshore.” The program has so far placed 15 fishermen under 40 in a wide range of mentorships, many of which have led to diverse careers. They are paid a stipend that usually adds up to $16-$26 per hour, depending on experience. Firefighter First in last out face mask
“Our fishing fellows have gone on to careers as fishery staffers in Congress, AP members to the council, one used her time with the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association to segue into work as a fleet manager in Sitka for one of the seafood companies out there,” O’Connor said. She added that along with being a Bristol Bay fisherman, her Fellowship experience with the North Pacific Fisheries Association in Homer led into her current job at AMCC. “I think one of the main benefits I’ve seen to both fellows and the host organizations is building those relationships within the broader fisheries community and the industries that support them,” O’Connor added. “It expands our fisheries network in a really beautiful way.”
Interested mentors can apply through March 31 and a call for fishing fellows will follow. Mentors and fellows will then be matched up and work out flexible schedules lasting two to five months. “If you have a project that you think could be energized by the efforts of a young fisherman, reach out to me and I can help you put a proposal together,” she said.
JUNEAU – Alaska officials and authorities in the Canadian province of British Columbia have announced they have completed and will not continue data collection on three transboundary watersheds, despite concerns from fishing and tribal interests that the effort does not go far enough. The work stemmed from concerns about possible impacts mining activity in Canada could have on waters that cross into Alaska. A 22-page final report released Thursday culminated two years of data collected from water, sediment and fish tissue from three bodies of water. The report said two years of data showed that the waters studied met quality standards on Alaska’s side of the border. There were times when heavy metals were over the limit in the sediment, but the report said there are a lot of naturally occurring minerals in the region, CoastAlaska reported. Now Alaska and British Columbia have said their work is done. Firefighter First in last out face mask
“Given the existence of other sampling programs planned by state, federal or provincial agencies throughout the transboundary region, there is no need to continue the joint program,” the state and province said in a joint statement. British Columbia officials like Greg Tamblyn, who works in the regional water quality section at British Columbia’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, said the program has become redundant. Congress had appropriated more than $3 million for renewed stream monitoring, CoastAlaska reported. “With all the resources, didn’t feel like it was necessary for multiple agencies to be collecting the same thing,” said Terri Lomax, a program manager with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Critics such as some local tribes, fishermen and scientists have argued that the governments have not done enough to ensure water quality is adequate. United Fishermen of Alaska, a group representing commercial fishing interests, said the state is not taking its responsibility seriously enough. The Taku and Stikine are significant salmon producing rivers that have struggled in recent years, CoastAlaska reported. The fisheries provide an important food source for southeast Alaska residents, the outlet reported.
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