Support the Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Support the Young Fishermen’s Development Act

Young people in Alaska face mounting challenges to entering commercial fisheries By Linda Behnken and Tara Racine. This piece first appeared in The Cordova Times and the Juneau Empire and is reprinted with permission. Top photo courtesy of National Fisherman, from the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Limited entry programs have reduced the size of the […]

Climate Change and the Carbon Dividend Act

Climate Change and the Carbon Dividend Act

Reprinted with permission from Oncorhynchus, the quarterly newsletter of the Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Climate change and ocean acidification pose significant threats to both fresh and saltwater fishes. Phenomena such as the 2015–2016 Gulf of Alaska “warm blob” are identified as drivers in the 80% drop in Central Gulf Pacific Cod abundance […]

Partner Spotlight: Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association

Partner Spotlight: Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association

This post is part of an ongoing series profiling the Network’s partners and their good work. Photo by Eric Jordan. The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) is an alliance of small boat commercial fishermen committed to sustainable fisheries and thriving fishing communities. ALFA has represented hook and line fishermen for more than 40 years, working […]

Overfishing Isn’t ‘Modern’

Overfishing Isn’t ‘Modern’

Linda Behnken’s post appeared in The Hill as a Letter to the Editor on November 9, 2017. Photo: working waterfront in Alaska. Picture this: a fish struggles on a hook, fights un-successfully to get free, and is gradually pulled to the surface. A fisherman scoops the fish out of the water and lands it with […]

Alaska: Crossing the Line to Electronic Monitoring Implementation

Alaska: Crossing the Line to Electronic Monitoring Implementation

Top photo: Linda Behnken, Kent Barkhau and canine friend on the water Fishery managers and fishermen recognize that good catch accounting is essential to sustainable fisheries. Collecting data on fish delivered to the dock presents one set of challenges; collecting data on fish captured at sea but then released or discarded for regulatory or market […]

Strengthening Small-Scale Fisheries

Strengthening Small-Scale Fisheries

Top Photo: Kodiak Harbor Waterfront, Alaska In early February, Duke University and the Oak Foundation hosted an international workshop focused on supporting small-scale fisheries. I participated in a panel addressing the successes and challenges of small-scale fisheries. Workshop attendees included academics, representatives from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), conservation and rural development […]