By Yereth Rosen
Alaska Beacon 

To encourage more young fishermen, look to farm programs as models, new study argues


September 14, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Kellan Eagle talks about his experiences in commercial fishing last Thursday aboard his father's boat in Heritage Harbor. Eagle is among the next generation of commercial fishermen looking to break into the business by taking advantage of different government programs.

Young Alaskans seeking to break into commercial fishing face a lot of the same barriers that confront young farmers in the Lower 48 states, but they have far fewer resources to help overcome those barriers, according to newly published research.

A study by Alaska experts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration argues that the fishing industry and the communities that depend on fishing should have support similar to that offered to young farmers.

"The sheer scale, depth, and breadth of programming for beginning farmers makes the comparison to new fisheries entrant programs star...

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