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).

Fishermen are among the most innovative and resourceful people on the planet.

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.

Learn more about our Fishery Conservation Network projects: 

We are eager to engage more fishermen in ongoing and new projects.

JOIN US TODAY: Call the ALFA office at 907-747-3400