Share personal glimpses of your fishing life in photos, songs, stories, art, poems, musings and mischief in the second Alaska Young Fishermen’s Almanac. The call for submissions is going on now.

“So it serves as a practical tool with some pro tips and advice as well as a window into the lifestyle that so many of us live here in Alaska.”

Jamie O’Connor is a fisherman and head of the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network, an arm of the Alaska Marine Conservation Council that focuses on building future generations of fishermen.

The almanac is modeled after a publication for farmers that dates back to 1792.  Last year’s 141 page inaugural edition featured nearly 60 items from almost every region of Alaska.  Sales were so good it’s covering costs for the whole project.

O’Connor says the Alamanac serves as a cultural touchstone for fishermen that reinforces their sense of community. And she’s been pleasantly surprised at how popular it’s been with non-fishing people.  

“They liked that window into our lives and also it allows them to think about the young fishermen in their lives or the friend of a friend they know who fishes or to kind of imagine what it’s like to be out there and what might be useful to those people and to support us, which was really great.”  

Selecting a favorite item is like asking someone to pick their favorite child, O Connor says, but she chose kitchen hacks.

 “A dear friend wrote up some kitchen swap hacks, like what happens if you’re out of a certain item in the galley, what can you replace it with. I kept that page near and dear to me the first year I had to do the cooking in our camp. It was great.”  

Ultimately, the almanac celebrates the fishing culture and builds understanding of the fishing life.

“Making sure that our neighbors in the non-fishing community understand the value of what we do and the food we bring to the table and the depth we bring to coastal communities is hugely important. And it allows us to share with them and it’s a great conversation starter which is hugely important.”  

Deadline for submissions is October 1.

 

 

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