Research: What Compels People to Fish in Bristol Bay?

DillinghamHarbor2DILLINGHAM: A group of researchers is trying to figure out what draws people to the Bristol Bay fishery and what new entrants need to get involved. For students in the region, they’re finding that it’s often all about family.

For the past year or so, University of Alaska Fairbanks doctoral student Jesse Coleman has been studying what compels people to fish in Bristol Bay, from the youngest participants to the oldest. One part of her project surveyed students in Dillingham, Togiak, Kokhanok and the Bristol Bay Borough to get their take on commercial fishing. Read more…

Educator camp helps teachers integrate Bering Strait culture into classrooms

Chip Sharpe tosses a fish back into the river while seining for silvers at Educator Cultural Camp. Sharpe is the new principal at Nome Beltz. (Photo by Laura Kraegel, KNOM)

Before they go back to school later this month, teachers and administrators have to go camping.

Organized by Nome’s Northwest Campus and funded through a grant, Educator Cultural Camp is for teachers with Nome Public Schools and the Bering Strait School District. Tom and BeeJay Gray hosted this summer’s cultural orientation — which gives teachers university credit to apply to their certifications — during the last week of August at their fish camp on the Niukluk River. Read more here.

August Alaska Economic Trends

August Trends’ profile of tourism’s impact on Southeast Alaska is the first of its kind. As there’s no official “tourism industry,” we looked at a variety of industries and occupations to estimate tourism employment and wages. We also describe how tourism was born in Southeast, the gateway to the rest of Alaska – steamships ushered it in but its true growth began and continues with the rise of large cruise ships.

Also this month is an analysis of the demographics of newcomers to Alaska and how these new residents change the state’s makeup. Finally, the August issue gives a brief summary of four of Alaska’s largest rental markets, based on the latest results of our annual rental survey.

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