The Alaska Fishermen’s Network was born in late 2013 with 12 young fishermen gathered at Alaska Marine Conservation Council’s office to discuss their work, ways of life and the way forward in an industry marked by rising costs, complex regulations, climate change and the whims of a global marketplace. Since then, AKFN has worked to provide opportunities, resources and connections to help prepare the next generation. Trips to D.C. to meet with legislators, boat cooking classes, storytelling workshops, crew speed hiring events and social gatherings around policy meetings are just some of what we do.

While we can’t recognize everyone who has helped to ensure our work is practical, relevant, creative and diverse, we can give you a glimpse of some of the folks on the ground who give strength to our efforts as founding members, volunteers, partners, mentors, organizers, writers and representatives. 

Hannah Heimbuch, Homer, Cook Inlet drift

Marissa Wilson, Homer, GOA/BSAI longline

Abby Turner-Franke, Soldotna, Lower Cook Inlet and Kodiak seine

Claire Neaton, Homer, Prince William Sound seine, BSAI longline

Emma Teal Laukitis, Homer, Prince William Sound seine, BSAI longline

Reba Temple, Homer, Bristol Bay drift

Brooke Wright, Rampart, Yukon River subsistence

Jamie O’Connor, Homer, Bristol Bay setnet

Michael Shangin, Port Heiden, Bristol Bay drift, Chignik seine, GOA pot cod, longline

Carina Nichols, Sitka, Southeast longline

Matt Alward, Homer, Kodiak seine and halibut longline

Chris Johnson, Kodiak, Kodiak seine and jig

Danielle Ringer, Kodiak, Kodiak seine and jig

Erica Madison, Anchorage, Bristol Bay setnet

Haley Hoover, Cordova, Prince William Sound drift

Georgie Heaverly, Soldotna, Cook Inlet drift

Ryan Peterson, Anchorage, Susitna River setnet

Summers Cole, Juneau, Southeast drift

Darren Platt, Kodiak, Kodiak seine

Mili Lundgren, Homer, Bristol Bay setnet

Ann Robertson, Juneau, Southeast drift

Get Involved

If you would like to be more involved in AKFN, please join by filling out the form below. You can also join the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network Facebook Group.

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