Fishermen know climate change first-hand. Our lives and livelihoods are at the mercy of weather, tide, temperature, and the stability of a wild ecosystem. When we see big changes in our home waters, we pay attention. When your job is to feed people, you don’t look away when something challenges your ability to do it.

As ocean conditions change, we see ripple effects through our ocean habitat. Temperature, acidity and melting ice all play a part. Fish stocks move thousands of miles from their usual homes, droughts and high stream temperatures jeopardize salmon runs, smaller fish sizes decrease harvests, and acidification threatens the foundation of the food web. The coastal infrastructure essential to our jobs and communities is at risk, increasingly impacted by erosion and intensifying storms.

Alaska and its fishing communities are witnessing real time impacts of climate-driven changes, and we want to be part of the solution. We don’t have all the answers, but we know that staying resilient means working hard to understand what’s happening, and finding a broad spectrum of solutions that can keep us strong in the face of change. We ask our fellow fishermen and our leaders to take the same approach.

Click here to read a current article from NOAA on Central Gulf of Alaska Marine Heatwave Watch

Read letter from ALFA to NOAA Administrator - Request for Information on NOAA Actions to Advance the Goals and Recommendations in the Report on Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

ALFA recently signed a resolution opposing an oil and gas lease sale in Lower Cook Inlet and supporting renewable energy development. Click here to read the resolution

Follow the link to learn more about the challenges we face and options to act.