Join Our January Waterside Chat with Melanie Brown; Watch our December Chat with Kevin Scribner

Sockeye salmon in Lake Iliamna, which drains into Bristol Bay

Join us on January 23rd for the Marine Fish Conservation Network’s next online Waterside Chat, featuring Alaska’s Melanie Brown, outreach director at SalmonState. Besides her work with Salmon State, Melanie also fishes commercially in Bristol Bay, Alaska. Her children are now following in her footsteps as fifth-generation fishermen.

Melanie and host Tom Sadler will talk about her wild salmon advocacy, her history of protecting Bristol Bay Alaska and her work in building spheres of influence to address marine policy challenges. Please join us for what will surely be an interesting and informative conversation. Reserve your spot today!

Watch our December 13, 2023, Chat with Kevin Scribner, Fisherman, Poet and Advocate

Kevin Scribner joined the Marine Fish Conservation Network in December 2023 for an online Waterside Chat with host Tom Sadler. Affectionally known as “Scribfish” by friends and colleagues, Kevin is a fisherman, poet, and advocate known for his eclectic and wide-ranging interests related to marine resource issues. Kevin and Tom covered a lot of ground (and water), including:

  • How “if you are what you eat”, Kevin has become a salmon many times over
  • How salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest are hurt by bad management practices on dry land (“What runs off the land is how the land talks to the water”)
  • How to work with landowners in a market-based program to improve their practices and help them earn a “Salmon Safe” designation
  • How this model can be applied to other species and other places, which is why he’s recently been working with fishermen in Japan and Hawaii
  • How using local resources to solve local problems can help keep food systems (and people!) working during times of duress
  • Why you have to be a dreamer and an optimist to keep fishing

Listen to the full conversation to hear about these topics and much more!

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The Marine Fish Conservation Network’s Waterside Chat series connects people who depend on healthy oceans and fisheries with the issues that directly affect them and their communities. Each episode the Network’s Deputy Director Tom Sadler talks with different guests about ocean policy and fisheries management topics. He engages them in genuine and thoughtful conversations about what policy decisions mean for people’s livelihoods, communities, recreation, and coastal ways of life.

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