UPCOMING: FALL FISHERMAN'S EXPO | Nov 7th-9th
In partnership with the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust hosted the first ever Fishermen's Expos in 2016 and 2017, which offered workshops on topics such as fuel efficiency, reducing sperm whale depredation, gear types, business best-practices, fisheries policy, technology and much more. Since then, the expo has expanded to include information for fishermen and fishing families of all ages, including young people and those who are new to the industry, by offering workshops focusing on business skills for those new to the industry, a job fair, beginner's courses in seafloor mapping, and safety courses.
The next Fishermen's Expo is planned for November 8th-9th, 2017, as part of an initiative by the Sitka Seafood Festival to provide educational opportunities that benefit our local fishermen, businesses and coastal economies.. Check back soon for a detailed schedule!
SUMMER EVENTS: AUGUST 10th-19th | Sitka, Alaska
First held in 2010, the Sitka Seafood Festival is an annual culinary and educational celebration of our local seafood- one of Sitka's most important natural resources. Seafood is the backbone of our economy, culture, and lifestyle. For the first time, the 2017 festival will be hosted by the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust and the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association. Together, these organizations work to ensure the viability of our local, sustainable fisheries- and this year's festival will celebrate that goal.
Kicking off on August 10th, there will be 20 days of nightly seafood-themed events, with the main day of events, food, and booths held on August 12th at the Crescent Harbor Shelter. On August 12th, festivities will kick off at 9 AM and run through the evening, and there will be a vendor market, games, and educational events.
Our 20 days of celebration will be followed by educational events and activities taking place each month from August through October. The 2017 Seafood Festival grand finale will come with the Young Fishermen's Expo and Season's End Banquet, taking place November 8-10th.
The festival isn't just a celebration of seafood- it is a chance to learn about the unique ecosystems of Southeast Alaska, protect our resources, and celebrate the heritage that sustains our fish and families.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS | Click here to see a detailed schedule
Season's end celebration | Coming this fall
Come celebrate the end of the fishing season with us this fall! The Sitka Seafood Festival will host a first ever "Seasons End Banquet" to bring our community and fishermen together to celebrate our seafood heritage.
Want to support the seafood festival with a cash, prize, or food donation? There are many ways to help- click the button below to find out more and make your donation!
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Historically, the festival has been deeply rooted in local volunteerism and community involvement. The event truly could not happen without the support and time donated by Sitkans- thank you to everyone who has already donated time to help with the festival, past and present!
As they say, "it takes a village"- learn more and sign up to volunteer at the festival below!