Alaska Seafood Market Updates and Opportunities
Presenter – Ashley Heimbigner, ASMI & Bruce Schactler, ASMI
Join the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute for a marketing update on the Alaska seafood industry. Learn about where your catch is going, the value at home and abroad, and how the pandemic and global economics create challenges and opportunities for Alaska seafood, including the USDA’s federal purchasing programs.
Alaska Marine Debris – Information, Efforts, and Opportunities
Presenters – Peter Murphy, Alaska Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program & Andy Schroder, Island Trails Network + Ocean Plastic Recovery Project
Download Peter’s Presentation | Download Andy’s Presentation
Marine debris is an issue that is present across the global ocean, and includes items large and small that cause a wide range of impacts to the ecosystem and the important subsistence and commercial activities it supports. Across Alaska there is an active, dedicated, and collaborative marine debris community working to address and prevent marine debris impacts. The community includes groups and individuals across government agencies, industry, native and tribal organizations, community organizations, and many others, all working from their expertise and capability to find solutions. Projects use diverse and innovative methods but all have the common goal of understanding, removing, and preventing debris and the impacts it has on the environment. This can be through cleaning debris from shorelines, research to better understand debris presence and impacts, outreach to prevent more debris from entering the ocean, or responding to specific debris events. The NOAA talk will provide an orientation to the unique aspects of marine debris in Alaska, the innovative work being done by groups across the state to address it, and look forward to opportunities and next steps.
Kodiak Waterfront Master Plan
Presenters – Michael Sarnowski, Port and Harbors Director for the City of Kodiak, Natalie Lyon, Planner with RESPEC & Mike Tvenge, City Manager of Kodiak
Waterfront facilities are a critical element to the City of Kodiak, supporting a large portion of the City’s commerce, industry, transportation, recreational and cultural needs. Balancing these needs is a challenge and as the City plans for the future it is important to encourage a diversity of opportunities. The goal of the 2022 Waterfront Master Plan is to seek that balance and to continue to find ways to support the fishing industry, provide an efficient means of transportation of goods, support the growing tourism industry and establish/maintain open spaces. Join us for an informative and interactive session to learn about elements of the plan and contribute to the planning process.
Utilizing Surveys to Better Understand Public Perception of The State of Pollution in Their Local Introduction By – Gemma Hawley
Presenter – Tav Ammu, Alaska Sea Grant Fellow
Concern was raised about the Ninilchik Harbor in regard to pollution from the boats. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation teamed up with Alaska Sea Grant to create a Fellowship to address this concern. Originally focused on only Ninilchik Harbor, the program expanded to all coastal harbors throughout the state. Using three surveys (Harbormasters, Harbor Users, and Community Members), the goal was to better understand the public perception about current conditions, practices, concerns, and solutions in regard to pollution in their local harbors. This presentation will showcase the results from those surveys, throughout the state of Alaska as well as localized responses from Kodiak. Through this better understanding, state regulators and harbormasters are able to focus their efforts on areas of greatest need and allow managers to develop local solutions to pollution control based on the needs and concerns of boaters and the broader community. Using lessons learned from those responses as well as input from a previous survey done in 2016 by Alaska Clean Harbors, to direct the next steps being done to encourage proper pollution management in two communities of Alaska: Dillingham and Ninilchik.