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Saturday, April 13

10:00 – 12:00      Strains, Sprains and Pains – Ergonomics for Commercial Fishermen – Learn ways to reduce back problems, carpal tunnel, etc. through the fundamentals of ergonomics…and how simple changes on deck and with tools can reduce injuries and increase efficiency. Participants will have the chance to practice stretches and exercises that can be done on their vessel, and see a demonstration of musculoskeletal stress on the body through movements, and the use of an ergometer.

Presenter: Jerry Dzugan, Executive Director, Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA)

12:30 – 1:30pm      Marine Debris: Updates for Kodiak Fishermen & Community – Marine debris is a global crisis, and the March 2011 Japanese Tsunami sent nearly 2 million metric tons of debris afloat into the Pacific Ocean. Island Trails Network is coordinating marine debris clean up, removal and recycling in the Kodiak Archipelago. The  Kodiak Coast Walk, the 2013 Incentive Program and the 2013-14 Tugidak Island Clean Up are 3 programs that need public participation.

Presenters: Andy Schroeder and Tom Pogson, Island Trails Network.

2:00 – 3:30pm   Kodiak Island Canneries: A Historical Legacy 

The first salmon cannery on Kodiak Island was built at the Karluk River in the early 1880s, and dozens more were built around the island over the next 80 years. Today only two canneries operate outside the City of Kodiak, at Alitak Bay, on the south end of the island and in Larsen Bay, on the west side. Learn about Kodiak’s remote canneries and the growing interest in preserving the history of Alaska’s salmon industry.

Presenters: Toby Sullivan, Kodiak Maritime Museum, Anjuli Grantham, Alaska Historical Society, Rick Metzger and Wallace Fields, longtime Kodiak salmon fishermen.