Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit
Established in 2007 by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, The Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit (AYFS) is a three-day networking and skill-building conference for new entrants in managing modern commercial fishing businesses. The event is fast-paced, features prominent industry leaders as speakers and mentors, and energizes younger fishermen to network with peers from throughout the state.
Since 2005 Cordova District Fishermen United has sent over 82 young fishermen to the summit. CDFU Uses part of its scholarship funds to recruit interested young and upcoming fishermen to attend AYFS. These funds are offered as scholarships to applicants for event registration, travel, and lodging for young fishermen in Area E to participate. The scholarship period is open 6 months before the event.
2020 AYFS Scholarship Application Form
Thank you for expressing your interest in participating in next year’s AYFS and seeking support through CDFU Scholarship program. The summit will be held, tentatively, January 21 - 23 , 2020. It’s a great source of information for all fishermen highlighting many “unseen” aspects of the Alaska commercial fishing industry, including regulatory and management processes.
The scholarship will cover the cost of shared hotel accommodations, event registration fees and up to $500.00 for travel reimbursement to AYFS. To apply for this scholarship you must fill out the form below or submit a letter of intent via mail or in person by September 9th 2019.
Fishermen, who are relatively new (within 6 years) to the commercial fishing industry, that express an interest in taking a leadership role in the industry and community.
This is not limited to current permit holders.
Preference will be given to applicants who have not received CDFU AYFS scholarship support in the past.