The Alaska Young Fishermen’s Almanac is the first of its kind. It is written by fishermen, and published by the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network, with support from the Alaska Marine Conservation Council. It is lush with stories, advice, recipes, photos, and illustrations that showcase the integrity, passion and hard work of the men and women whose livelihoods are fishing.

 “It’s absolutely everything. I couldn’t  have hoped for and more.”

 Hannah Heimbuch is a volunteer for AYFN, and one of many who helped lead the project.

 “It turned out so beautifully. I am so excited to see it finished and in people’s hands.”

After their outreach efforts throughout 2016 and 2017, over 57 entries went into developing the Almanac.

“We were able to get a lot of different voices in there. We were able to collect great advice from some of our veteran fishermen, and then a really wide variety of pictures and stories from the water. So it was really awesome to see.”

 As of last Saturday, they had sold 300 copies of the 141-page book. Noah Sunflower is AMCC”S new Fishing Community Organizer. He says he is in awe of the work that was submitted.

 “The vibrancy and beauty of fishing comes through from all of the contributions. From the poems and short stories and then the colorful photos that bounce off the page, like beautiful sockeye salmon flesh or the ocean on a clear day.”

 Rachel Donkersloot is AMCC’s Working Waterfronts Director. She says the process has been rewarding and is pleased with the end result.

 “When I look at the collection in its entirety I think what an awesome group of contributors. These are our Young Alaska Fishermen and they are so creative and courageous and funny and hard-working, and when you put it all together and bookend it with that awesome cover I’m just thrilled.”  

 She says that the response from young fishermen, but more so the veteran fishermen,  is encouraging.

 “It has really motivated me to continue this work into the future and to think about volume 2 and how we can grow it. Both as a practical guide as much as it is a collection of a cherished way of life that so many Alaskans are practicing.” 

Rachel and the team thanks the Alaska Humanities Forum for its funding assist. Their help covered all costs for publishing.  All of the profits will go toward the next volume. They hope to see the Almanac become a sustainable publication year after year.

Order the Almanac  here —