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Alaska Fish Factor: Aging of the fleet prompts recommendations for deckhand apprenticeships; $142,000 grant awarded to get more boots on deck statewide


December 28, 2017

The clamor of “take me fishing” is taking on new meaning in Alaska.

Prospects for a deckhand apprenticeship program just got a big lift from a $142,000 national grant awarded to the Sitka-based Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA), and the group plans to get more boots on deck statewide.

Deckhand apprenticeships are recommended as one way to attract younger entrants into an industry where the average fisherman’s age in Alaska is over 50.

ALFA has been crafting a local deckhand training program since 2015, and the grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will...

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