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New Alaska program allows fishermen to share information on salmon

Staff Writer |
A new information-gathering project spawned by United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) aims to provide useful and timely news about the health of the state’s salmon runs.

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The Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) launched last week with an online survey to provide commercial fishermen with a way to share their local intelligence.

“We are asking people what issues they are most concerned about in their region,” said SHIP manager Lindsey Bloom.

“We also ask what sources they use to get habitat related information, such as newspapers, websites, or social media, and who they trust and are listening to for information as well.”

UFA wants to recognize and tap the wisdom and knowledge of Alaska’s 10,888 current salmon permit owners in 26 distinct fisheries to ensure that the SHIP information is useful and relevant. Bloom said the survey results also could be helpful in shaping fishery rules and regulations.

“Fishermen are some of the smartest and best equipped people to guide fish policy,” Bloom asserted.

“With the multi-generational nature of salmon fishing in Alaska, they are grounded in community and family and sustainability and stewardship. We believe that by working together, fishermen can be powerful advocates for pro-salmon policies that ensure commercial fishing jobs remain strong for generations to come.”

Respondents to the SHIP survey are entered to win a $500 Alaska Airlines certificate and a $200 gift card from LFS Marine stores. Extra entries also will be given to people who ‘like’ the SHIP Facebook page and share the survey socially.

Find the SHIP survey at the United Fishermen of Alaska website. Deadline to respond is Labor Day, September 5.

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