ALFA’s Fishery Conservation Network (FCN) facilitates cooperative research between local Alaska fishermen and scientists to address research challenges and issues of common concern. The FCN has created a space where fishermen can develop innovative solutions to current challenges and engage with scientists in research and conservation initiatives.
Watch the video below from Salmon Nation’s Festival of What Works, to listen to Linda Behnken, ALFA’s Executive Director, and Stephen Rhoads, discuss the Fishery Conservation Network (minutes 9:45-16:15).
ALFA launched the Fishery Conservation Network with the generous support of the Oak Foundation in 2009. Many members of the fishing fleet have joined – and over the past ten years, more than one hundred commercial fishermen have worked together on projects such as reducing rockfish bycatch rates and mapping seafloor habitat. ALFA works to educate Young Fishermen in the fleet, offering support to the next generation of ocean stewards.