gather, Learn, and Celebrate
The Sitka Seafood Festival is a culinary and educational celebration of our local seafood- one of Sitka's most important natural resources. Hugely important to our local economy, our culture, and our Southeast Alaskan lifestyle, seafood isn't just a food that fills our bellies- it is something that provides each of us with a unique and personal relationship to the natural world, a common thread that we can gather around, and an important part of our local history.
For the first time, the 2017 festival will be hosted by the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust (ASFT), a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen fishing communities through research, education, and economic opportunity, and the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA), an alliance of small boat fishermen committed to sustainable fisheries and thriving coastal communities. These organizations work to ensure the viability of our local, sustainable fisheries- whether by supporting programs and policy that keep fish stocks healthy, participating in fishery conservation research, or helping to ensure access and opportunity for future fishermen. This year's celebration will celebrate that goal- proceeds from the festival will support our Young Fishermen's Initiative and Fishery Conservation Network.
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. Learn more about our history, vision, partners and work below.
The inaugural Sitka Seafood Festival was held in 2010. Inspired by the role that local access to amazing seafood resources plays in our town's culture, a group of dedicated volunteers created the festival to celebrate our seafood culture and industry.
In 2012, the Sitka Seafood Festival became its own nonprofit organization. The festival's history is deeply rooted in local volunteerism, regional sponsorship, and community involvement. After a brief hiatus in 2016, the Sitka Seafood Festival has been adopted by the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust, which will host the 2017 festival for the first time in partnership with the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association.
Thank you to everyone that has been involved in putting on this event, both in the past and this year, especially the incredibly dedicated founders of the festival!
Sitka and its surrounding area is known for excellent fishing, and the seafood industry makes up the backbone of our local economy and culture.
The vision of this festival is to allow locals, as well as visitors to experience what we get to enjoy daily, our seafood industry. The possibilities of this festival are endless: including top chefs displaying their culinary expertise utilizing the freshest fish on the planet, to a touch of Sitka’s amazing community demonstrated through our land and sea parades. All ages are welcome to this event, with entertainment for all.
Please view our schedule of events for specifics.
The following organizations have partnered with us to help host the event (more coming soon!):
The Sitka Tribe of Alaska
The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society
Using resources from the Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust's newest program, SeaBank, the festival will aim to share science, stories, and information illustrating the value of our region's marine resources. At the event, we will offer workshops, tables, and educational events drawing upon this knowledge.