December 11, 2013
Commercial fish harvesters and their business partners intent on assuring economic survival of this physically and financially tough business will gather in Anchorage Dec. 10-12 to teach what they know to the next generation of industry leaders.
It's the annual Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit, aimed at building a network of future leaders in this lucrative, albeit dangerous business, where harvesters have to know everything from what's going on in state and federal fisheries politics to how to keep their negotiate a loan and understand both overseas and domestic markets.
Robert Heyano, the current president of the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association, will deliver a keynote address. The Dillingham resident, is an award winning highliner in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.
Lea Klingert, president and chief executive officer of the Commercial Fishing and Agriculture Bank in Anchorage, will talk about what lenders look for in a borrower.
An afternoon panel discussion on understanding seafood markets will be led by University of Alaska professor Quentin Fong of Kodiak, Kate Consenstein of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Pete Granger of Washington Sea Grant and Ken Kimble of Costco Wholesale.
Commercial fisherman Dan Hull, a member of the North pacific Fishery management Council, will offer an introduction to Alaska fisheries management.