ComFish Alaska 2023 – Day 1

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10AM – 11AM
Title – Federal Legislative Update
Presenters – Senator Lisa Murkowski & Representative Mary Peltola
Senator Lisa Murkowski and Representative Peltola will give a Federal Legislative Update
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11:15AM – 12PM
Title – Bycatch Perspectives
Presenter – Linda Kozak
A review of the Gulf of Alaska bycatch-related recommendations proposed by the Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force, with an opportunity for a question and answer session with industry members of the Task Force.
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12:15PM – 1PM
Title – Alaska Seafood Market Updates and Opportunities
Presenters – Ashley Heimbigner
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.
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Title – United States Coast Guard Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Program
Presenters – Chief Petty Officer David Schaeffer & Dayton Parker
Regulatory updates, local policies, Bristol Bay, and fishing vessel safety statistics for 2022 regarding fatalities and vessel casualties, plus more.
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2PM – 2:45PM
Title – Marine Ecosystem Partnerships
Presenters – Hannah-Marie Garcia, Heather Bauscher & Bridget Ferriss
Identifying ways to demonstrate how scientists and fishermen can continually work together for the common good of our large marine ecosystems with highlights of Skipper Science’s ongoing efforts and collaborations with NOAA’s Ecosystem Status Reports for the Gulf of Alaska and Eastern Bering Sea. The forum will include an opportunity for a discussion on paths forward.
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3 PM – 4 PM
Title – Alaska Marine Debris Action Plan
Presenters – Peter Murphy, Alaska Regional Coordinator, NOAA Marine Debris Program & Harmony Wayner, Alaska State Sea Grant, NOAA Marine Debris Program
Are you concerned about marine debris in Alaska? Do you want to be involved in solutions, learn more about it, or share your expertise? Marine debris is a complicated issue worldwide, and one that is uniquely challenging and impactful in Alaska. Work is beginning on a Marine Debris Action Plan for Alaska. This is a collaborative process to identify and capture existing actions, identified needs, and future priorities within the marine debris issue to help make a plan that works for Alaska and Alaskans. This session will provide information on marine debris efforts in the state as well as the opportunities for stakeholders to provide their input and insight as we chart the course forward.
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