Sitka Fishermen's EXPO
Nov
8
to Nov 9

Sitka Fishermen's EXPO

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In partnership with the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA), ASFT has worked to support initiatives that help fishermen to start and maintain successful fishing operations. ALFA has a long history of providing educational opportunities to fishermen, both new and experienced. Whether by helping fishermen to choose equipment that is more fuel efficient, teaching them about the political process, or teaching them about new tools and software like bathymetric mapping, ALFA works hard to keep fishermen in the know about the policies that affect them and innovations that can help them to use best practices and fish more effectively. 

ALFA and ASFT banded together to host the first ever Fishermen's Expo in 2016, which offered workshops on topics such as fuel efficiency, fishing for sablefish using pot gear, and reducing sperm whale depredation on longline gear. Since then, the expo has evolved to focus especially on young people and those who are new to the industry by offering workshops focusing on business skills, beginner's courses in seafloor mapping, and safety courses. 

The next Fishermen's Expo is planned for November, 2017, as part of an initiative by the Sitka Seafood Festival to involved more fishermen with the festivities. Check back soon for details! 

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Fish Skin Sewing Class
Aug
22
to Aug 30

Fish Skin Sewing Class

 

A free fish skin sewing class will be held for those age 12 and up, taught by Sheldon Jackson Museum artist-in-residence Joel Isaak. The class is 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. weekdays August 22 through 30. Participants will make a single garment with other members and the artist and must order materials beforehand. To register call 747-8981.

Registration opens August 14th. 

The class will be held held Aug. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29th and 30th. 

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Ocean treasures family day
Aug
19
12:00pm12:00pm

Ocean treasures family day

Held at the Japonski Island boat house by the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society. 

Visitors of all ages are invited on a wet and salty treasure hunt around the Japonski Island boat house. Young pirates can grab a treasure map, participate in a quest and get a prize from the treasure chest. More seasoned sea-wolves are welcome to explore our collections, and learn about legal and professional issues behind collecting maritime heritage items. Got a maritime treasure of your own you always wanted to find out more about? Bring it over – our experts will love to take a look and talk about it.

This event is free of charge.

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Walk about the docks: a marine biology tour
Aug
19
10:00am10:00am

Walk about the docks: a marine biology tour

This is a kid friendly event! Participants will examine examples of the biofouling community that live on the float (pontoon) edges, and talk about all the many cool species on the docks — who they are, where they come from (if not native), what they eat and who eats them. 

Attendees should meet at the Crescent Harbor Shelter (the main shelter) at least ten minutes prior to the start of the tour!! 

This is a “no boots” necessary marine biology trip, and requires no low tides.  

Two tours available- space is limited! Sign up with the form below: 

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Aug
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Fish Canning Class

Sitkans love their seafood, and the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen is offering two great classes in conjunction with the Sitka Seafood Festival — How to Fillet a Salmon and How to Can Salmon.

In the first class, held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Sitka Kitch (505 Sawmill Creek Road, inside First Presbyterian Church), local chef Renée Jakaitis Trafton of the Beak Restaurant will teach students how to fillet a salmon. This includes lessons on how to remove the pinbones from the salmon and how to remove the skin. This class costs $15.

In the second class, held from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Sitka Kitch, Jasmine Shaw of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service‘s Sitka District Office will teach students how to can the salmon (using the filleted salmon from Tuesday’s class). In addition, she will teach students how to make a simple berry jam while the class waits for the salmon to process in the canner. This class costs $27.50.

As a special deal, the Sitka Kitch has a $35 fee for students registering for both classes. The Sitka Seafood Festival is providing fish and jars for the classes, so there should be little or no food/supply fee.

The registration deadline is 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration is capped at 10 students so sign up early to secure your space in these classes.

Register online at our EventSmart page, http://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/ (click on class title, there is a separate class title to register for both classes and get the discount), using a debit or credit card or PayPal account. You also can call Chandler or Clarice at Sitka Conservation Society (747-7509) to arrange payment by cash or check. For more information about the two classes, contact Jasmine Shaw at 747-9440 or email sitkakitch@sitkawild.org.

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Fish Filleting 101
Aug
15
6:00pm 6:00pm

Fish Filleting 101

Sitkans love their seafood, and the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen is offering two great classes in conjunction with the Sitka Seafood Festival — How to Fillet a Salmon and How to Can Salmon.

In the first class, held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at the Sitka Kitch (505 Sawmill Creek Road, inside First Presbyterian Church), local chef Renée Jakaitis Trafton of the Beak Restaurant will teach students how to fillet a salmon. This includes lessons on how to remove the pinbones from the salmon and how to remove the skin. This class costs $15.

In the second class, held from 5-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Sitka Kitch, Jasmine Shaw of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service‘s Sitka District Office will teach students how to can the salmon (using the filleted salmon from Tuesday’s class). In addition, she will teach students how to make a simple berry jam while the class waits for the salmon to process in the canner. This class costs $27.50.

As a special deal, the Sitka Kitch has a $35 fee for students registering for both classes. The Sitka Seafood Festival is providing fish and jars for the classes, so there should be little or no food/supply fee.

The registration deadline is 11:55 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. Registration is capped at 10 students so sign up early to secure your space in these classes.

Register online at our EventSmart page, http://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/ (click on class title, there is a separate class title to register for both classes and get the discount), using a debit or credit card or PayPal account. You also can call Chandler or Clarice at Sitka Conservation Society (747-7509) to arrange payment by cash or check. For more information about the two classes, contact Jasmine Shaw at 747-9440 or email sitkakitch@sitkawild.org.

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"The Salmon Forest" Film Screening
Aug
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

"The Salmon Forest" Film Screening

Join the Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Seafood Festival for the local premier of the documentary film "The Salmon Forest" on Monday, August 14 at 7 pm at the Mean Queen (Lower Level). The film profiles local fishermen, guides, artists, and biologists who all use and depend on wild Tongass salmon for their livelihoods. A short discussion will follow the film.The film screening is free and open to the public. Beverages will be available at a cash bar. For more information contact sophie@sitkawild.org or call 747-7509.

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Aug
12
12:00pm12:00pm

Dock Walk with Sitka Maritime Heritage Society

11:50am-1 pm - Meet at the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society Booth at 11:50

Learn about the history and modern legacy of Sitka fishing, boat building and seafaring by joining our dock walk. A local expert will take you on a tour along the Sitka waterfront, Crescent and ANB harbors, and share stories and legends of places and boats. The group will meet at the Sitka Maritime Heritage booth at 11:50 am. 

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Sitka Farmers Market
Aug
12
10:00am10:00am

Sitka Farmers Market

The Sitka Farmers Market will be held on Saturday, August 12th from 10AM-1PM at the Alaska Native Brotherhood hall in Sitka. Head to the farmers market to shop for local goods and produce, then head over to the Seafood Festival to grab a delicious seafood lunch and watch the festivities! 

More information can be found here

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