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FISHERY Goal:

Increase awareness of fisheries needs, priorities, and importance at the local, state and federal levels to ensure sustained and increased local participation and increase efficiency in access to resources.

Project: Create Marine Technology Education Credential

Project Description: Develop pathway for marine technology training with educational credentials to document student achievement. Credentials to include UAF BBC Microcredentials and Occupational Endorsement Certificate (OEC).

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Create position to support course development, credential creation, and student recruitment
  2. Get courses approved with unique UAF course identifies
  3. Consult with industry partners to develop educational pathways
  4. Get microcredentials approved through the UAF BBC Advisory Council
  5. Get Occupational Endorsement Certificate approved through UAF
  6. Recruit and support course instructors
  7. Enroll students in the OEC and registered for OEC courses
  8. Track student progress

People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps: UAF Bristol Bay Campus, BBEDC, BBNA, ADF&G, BBRSDA, SeaGrant

  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $86,700/year
  • Timeline: October 2022 – September 2027
  • Funding Partners: UAF Bristol Bay Campus, BBEDC, Alaska Sea Grant Program

Evaluation Measures:

  • number of courses developed with a unique course identifier
  • number of microcredentials approved
  • OEC approved
  • number of students enrolled in the OEC
  • method of tracking students in place
  • Number of students completing OEC
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Wanda Wahl   
  • Title: Interim Director
  • Organization: UAF Bristol Bay Campus

Project: Observe a Fish First Priority.

Bristol Bay is home to one of the world’s largest remaining wild salmon fisheries.  These sustainable fisheries are the cultural, subsistence, and economic cornerstones of the Bristol Bay region. 

Project Description: Prioritize and balance the protection of salmon and salmon habitat in decisions that will impact these fisheries.

Outline of steps required for project to be completed:

  1. Advocate for Bristol Bay’s fisheries (commercial, subsistence, and sport) including the protection of fishery habitat.
  2. Prioritize and balance the protection of fish and fish habitat in all land management decisions and input on land management issues.
  3. Help create, build, and market the Bristol Bay salmon “brand”.
  4. Promote the recognition of and appreciation for the region’s fisheries and their economic, cultural, and subsistence values.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, Nushagak Cooperative, United Tribes of Bristol Bay, Bristol Bay Housing Authority, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, 31 Bristol Bay Tribes, twenty seven communities, Safe And Fearfree Environment 
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: Daniel Cheyette/Andria Agli
  • Title: VP Land and Resources/ VP Shareholder and Corporate Relations
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Corporation Land Department/ Bristol Bay Native Corporation Shareholder and Corporate Relations

Project: Chignik Management Area salmon escapement enumeration and quality project.

Project Description: The Chignik Intertribal Coalition will partner with other entities to advance technology in tabulating salmon escapement and the quality of the escapement within the Chignik Management Area (CMA) Fishery.

  • Outline of steps required for project to be completed:
  • Annually:
  1. Establish funding and specific scope of work for partners of this project.
  2. Assess the Chignik late-run sockeye salmon escapement quality by applying year specific age, length and sex (ALS) samples to the genetically assigned escapement count data.
  3. Define timing and where late-run red fish (sockeye salmon) are primarily harvested in the Chignik Lake drainage by interviewing Chignik Lake Village residents.
  4. Determine whether there is selectivity toward females or males in the red-fish harvest either by personal choice and/or by gear type.

Project Evaluation Measures

  • Tabulation of the number of male and female sockeye salmon by age in the late-run Chignik sockeye escapement-annually.
  • A map defining the major and secondary harvest areas for Chignik late run red fish—3yr summary.
  • Report the timing of the red-fish migration past the Chignik River weir site based on literature review of the number of days a bright fish takes to develop into a red-fish desirable for local subsistence users.
  • Report if harvest selectivity occurs in the sockeye red-fish fishery w/respect to fish size and/or sex.
  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Chignik Intertribal Coalition, ADFG, Office of Subsistence Management (OSM) and Chignik Regional Aquaculture Association (CRAA), UAF: School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: $200,000
  • Timeline: 3-year project
  • Funding Partners: Private foundations, EDA Research Program, North Pacific Research Board, OSM and CRAA, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Native American Agriculture Fund, University of Washington, NOAA

Evaluation Measures:

  • Entities involved will be able to review Annual the data collected by this project
  • Make determinations on the CMA for sustainability purposes.
  • Key Project Contact:
  • Name: George Anderson  
  • Title: President
  • Organization: Chignik Intertribal Coalition

Project: Support the Chignik Fisheries recovery/restoration from multiple fishery disasters. **

Project Description: Assist the communities and tribal members of the Chignik area recover from the economic and cultural impacts of the multiple failed salmon runs; through social services, economic diversification, recovering the fishery, outreach/advocacy to policy makers, and community planning.

  • People/Organizations responsible for completing these steps:
  • Chignik Intertribal Coalition, Chignik Bay, Chignik Lake, Chignik Lagoon, Ivanof Bay, Perryville, Bristol Bay Native Association, Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bristol Bay Housing Authority, Lake and Peninsula Borough
  • Cost Estimates:
  • Costs: Unknown
  • Timeline: 2021-2025
  • Funding Partners: USDA, EDA, Tribes, US Fish & Wildlife, US Department of Commerce, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Native American Agriculture Fund, Lake and Peninsula Borough

Evaluation Measures:

  • Commercial Fishery becomes economically viable
  • Subsistence needs are met
  • Fish escapements are achieved for all species
  • Participants retain fishing permits/boats
  • Populations in communities remains stable
  • Residents recover financially.

Key Project Contact:

  • Name: George Anderson
  • Title: President
  • Organization: Chignik Intertribal Coalition
  • Name: Patrick Kosbruk
  • Title: Council Member
  • Organization: Native Village of Perryville
  • Name: Kristina Andrew
  • Title: Economic Development Program Manager
  • Organization: Bristol Bay Native Association

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