March 16, 2015


This is Fish Radio. I’m Stephanie Mangini. Kids’ art showcases fish from each state. Learn how to enter after this…

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Fun Fact…The Chinook salmon is Alaska’s official state fish. A nationwide state-fish art program invites kids to illustrate and write about the importance of fish, conservation, and helps to create future stewards of our lakes, rivers, streams, and oceans.

Gabrielle Humphreys  Humuhumunukunukuapua'a Grades 4-6

Gabrielle Humphreys
Grades 4-6

“We are looking for kids. Any kids, anywhere in Alaska grades K-12 to submit their art work that highlights an official state fish.”

Katrina Mueller is the fisheries outreach coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service in Alaska.

“I like to encourage Alaska kids to submit the Chinook, but they are welcome to submit any fish on the official state fish list.”

Whichever state fish the young artist chooses, Mueller says, the fish has to be drawn in its natural habitat. A new category for invasive species is called Invader Crusader, Kids can be as creative as they would like, but there is a size restriction.

“It has to be 9X12, but they can use any medium. We had one student submit a stain glass entry last year that was really cool, but we have had water colors, we have had pencil, pen, and paint. They can get creative with how they depict the fish.”

The Mighty Minnows participants, between kindergarten to 3rd grade, only submit an art piece. Students from 4th to 12th grade have to submit an essay that goes along with their art. The winning art pieces don’t only get recognized in state, but also nationally.

“The first place state and international winners of the art and essay competition get invited with their families and teachers to an annual expo where all the winning art is displayed, they call the winners up on stage and recognize them and give them an award some prizes and a fishing rod and reel and then their art work is featured on their website.”

This is Alaska’s 4th year being part of the 17 year State-fish art program, with a chance to be the first ever national winner. Entries are due by March 31st. For entry forms and rules go to

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Stephanie Mangini.