January 18, 2016
This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini.  Fishermen learn tools of the storytelling trade. More after this…
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The best spokespeople for Alaska’s fishing industry are Fishermen themselves. That is why the Alaska Marine Conservation Council, along with a few Alaskan writers are hosting a Young Fishermen’s Storytelling Workshop at the end of the month.
“We are interpreting the word young very liberally. Anyone that is interested in telling their stories of the fishing life, and wants to provide a voice for that way of life is welcome.”
Hannah Heimbuch is AMCC’s Community Fisheries Organizer in Homer. She says they wanted to host a workshop that would appeal to all the fishermen that were gathering in Juneau for Alaska Sea Grant’s Annual Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit.
“So we wanted to create an event that would add to that experience, and get young fishermen excited to tell the story of their personal fisheries, of their fishing families, and their fishing communities.”
The free three hour workshop is on Saturday January 30th after the wrap up of the summit.  The AMCC is providing writing materials and snacks.
“We are hoping people will come down and join us and share some of their stories and work with the storytellers we are bringing in, so they can learn some new skills and new strategies for using their voice and their story as a part of speaking on the behalf of their fishery.”
Fisherwomen, Writer and blogger Tele Aadsen from Southeast and Author Miranda Weiss from Homer will be leading the workshop.  Hiembuch hopes that it doesn’t just draw interest to writers, but fishermen who want to share their experiences in any medium.  
“We are going to talk in a way that can apply to a lot of different ways to be a storyteller and to share details of your life.  Meaning that if you are a photographer, or you want to make videos, or you’re a graphic artist, there is a lot of different ways to be a storyteller. So even though it is writing focused, I’m hoping people will choose apply the conversation we have and the skills we talk about in whatever mode of storytelling makes sense to them and what they are passionate about.”
Anyone and everyone are invited to join the workshop. They encourage people to come and learn how to be a voice in Alaska’s fishing industry.
“I think making that connection between people, and ocean, and ecosystem and livelihood is very important. And sharing those stories and fishermen being active in shaping that narrative is really vital to making good decisions for a sustainable fishing future for Alaska.”
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