2013 Fishermen’s Forums


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2013 ComFish Forums Schedule

April 11- 13, 2013           10am – 4pm

Kodiak Inn/Harbor Room

All Power Point presentations, slide shows and documents will be posted on the ComFish website for added outreach and references. Questions?
Contact our web guru, Maggie Wall at magpie@ptialaska.com



10 -11:00am     Alaska Fishermen’s Fund – Hurt While Fishing? Medical benefits have been increased to $10,000. Learn how the Fishermen’s Fund can help!

Presenter:  Velma Thomas, Program Coordinator, Workmen’s Compensation Division, Alaska Dept. of Labor

11:30- 12:30pm   Market Updates/Spotlight on China –   Quentin Fong, who was born and raised in Hong Kong, SAR, China, will share data and his own observations of the seafood market there. He will use the Hong Kong seafood market as a regional example for culture and food, tastes and preferences for seafood and the seafood distribution chain.

Presenter: Quentin Fong, Seafood Market Specialist, Alaska Sea Grant/MAP

1:00 – 2:30pm   GOA Trawl Bycatch Management and Catch SharesWhere Are We Now?   The NPFMC has advanced actions to reduce Chinook salmon and halibut bycatch in Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries. Catch Shares are on the table and there continues to be discussion on what that means to Kodiak. Learn where the Council is in the process and discuss what Catch Shares might look like here.

 Panelists: Sam Cunningham (NPFMC staff); Nicole Kimball (ADFG Federal Fisheries Coordinator); Duncan Fields (NPFMC member and Kodiak resident).  Moderated by Julie Matweyou, Alaska Sea Grant/MAP

2:30 – 4:00pm    Catch Shares, Communities & Conservation: Challenges, Solutions & Perspectives –  Speakers from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts will share their experiences in securing access to the fisheries for the long-term sustainability of the resource and the fishing communities.

Presenters:  Leesa Cobb, Executive Director, Port Orford Research Team; Ed Backus, Vice President/Fisheries, Ecotrust; Nick Muto, Chair, Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fishermen’s Association; Becca Robbins Gisclair, Fisheries Advisor to Alaska Marine Conservation Council.  Hosted by Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC)


10:00- 11:00am  Halibut Surveys Will  Expand in 2014 Boats Are Wanted to Participate!

Presenter:  Claude Dykstra, Survey Manager, International Pacific Halibut Commission

11:30 – 12:15pm   Making Your Fishing Boat More Fuel Efficient 
Operating techniques, maintenance and outfitting can help maximize fuel efficiency, without costly new hulls, engines or equipment.  Big advancements are being made around the world to reduce vessel fuel consumption, and some may soon be practical for Alaska fishermen. Your ideas and experiences are encouraged!

Presenter:  Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant/Marine Advisory Program

12:15 – 1:00pm    Hatch and Door Monitors and PFDs – NIOSH will share updates on its work to reduce fishing fatalities. Focus will be given to ongoing engineering work to prevent vessel flooding, and information on how to choose the best personal flotation device for your work environment.

Presenters:  Ted Teske, Health Communication Specialist; Chelsea Woodward, Engineer, F/V Safety Program,  NIOSH (National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health)

1:30 – 2:30pm    From Their Labs to Our Lives –  Red king crabs  eat their babies, blue king crabs don’t. Golden king crabs appear resistant to ocean acidification.   Updates from the nation’s top crab lab on Near Island!

Presenters:  Robert Foy, Director, NOAA/Kodiak – Bering Sea crab survey: Chris Long, Red-blue king crab competition; Dan Urban,  Snow crab handling mortality

3:00 – 4:00pm  Pebble Mine: Updates 
Learn the latest on the EPA’s Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment; the State Dept. of Natural Resource’s  ‘streamlining’  of the permitting process and national involvements.

Presenters:   Anders Gustafson, Renewable Resources Coaltion:  Lindsey Bloom, Trout Unlimited

Saturday, April 13

10:00 – 12:00      Strains, Sprains and Pains – Ergonomics for Commercial Fishermen – Learn ways to reduce back problems, carpal tunnel, etc. through the fundamentals of ergonomics…and how simple changes on deck and with tools can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Participants will have the chance to practice stretches and exercises that can be done on their vessel, and see a demonstration of musculoskeletal stress on the body through movements, and the use of an ergometer.

Presenter: Jerry Dzugan, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)

12:30 – 1:30pm      Marine Debris: Updates for Kodiak Fishermen & CommunityMarine debris is a global crisis, and the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami sent nearly 2 million metric tons of debris afloat into the Pacific Ocean. Island Trails Network is coordinating marine debris clean up, removal and recycling in the Kodiak Archipelago. The  Kodiak Coast Walk, the 2013 Incentive Program and the 2013-14 Tugidak Island Clean Up are 3 programs that need public participation.

Presenters: Andy Schroeder and Tom Pogson, Island Trails Network.

2:00 – 3:30pm   Kodiak Island Canneries: A Historical Legacy 

The first salmon cannery on Kodiak Island was built at the Karluk River in the early 1880s, and dozens more were built around the island over the next 80 years. Today only two canneries operate outside the City of Kodiak, at Alitak Bay, on the south end of the island and in Larsen Bay, on the west side. Learn about Kodiak’s remote canneries and the growing interest in preserving the history of Alaska’s salmon industry.

Presenters: Toby Sullivan, Kodiak Maritime Museum, Anjuli Grantham, Alaska Historical Society, Rick Metzger and Wallace Fields, longtime Kodiak salmon fishermen.