In November we made our way to Seattle for the annual Marine Pacific Fish Expo! We shared a booth with the gracious people of Alaska's Sea Grant and had a great time connecting with fishermen and women from all over the country who attended the show. We sold our Young Fishermen of American Hoodies, which we made with the intention of fostering greater sense of community amongst young fishermen in Alaska and across America. Our hope for these hoodies is to offer a physical representation to celebrate our heritage as fishermen and our pride as harvesters. As individuals and as Salmon Sisters, we care deeply about the sustainability of our fisheries and the future generations of fishing leaders. In 2014, the profits and sponsorship money from our Young Fishermen hoodies will be given to the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit, created by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, designed to provide information and opportunities for the next generation of commercial fishermen.
Our sponsors for this project include Bulletproof Nets, Alaska Sea Grant, United Catcher Boats, and Seafood Harvesters of America. We appreciate their support to make projects like these possible.
The highlight of our time at Expo was watching an awesome girl, and the first girl ever, win the Fishermen of the Year contest. Rock on strong women.
See you next year, Seattle!
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Every week we share the stories of Alaskan makers and young fishermen on our social media channels. This project has given us a deeper appreciation for the community who work on Alaska waters and those who work to create Alaska goods. Everyday we learn from new people who inspires us to be better fishermen and create more beautiful things. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've learned from. Stay tuned for more wonderful stories this summer!
Thank you Vogue and the amazing Evgenia Arbugaeva for capturing this community of hard-working women that we hold in such high esteem. What a day for this diverse group of strong and independent women to have a moment of recognition. We feel incredibly to lucky to be able to use our Salmon Sisters audience to highlight our larger community and Alaska’s commercial fisheries.
This year, we traveled to Astoria, Oregon to attend the annual FisherPoets Gathering, a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, prose and song. FisherPoets has attracted storytellers and their many fans since 1998. We dare say it was one of the highlights of our winter.