The HSST is pleased to announce a total scholarship distribution of $487,789 for the 2014-2015 school year. Eighty-three residents enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university were awarded scholarships from the HSST. The awards reached a record $6,174.54 to seventy-five successful applicants. Eight of the eighty-three scholarship recipients will be graduating with thier degrees after the 2014 fall semester and therefore were awarded $3,087.27. The HSST has a mid-year scholarship application period in December for those residents that would like to apply. For more information please contact the BBEDC Education Department.
BBEDC Ice Barge, the Bristol Maid, Sells its Millionth Pound of Ice
On August 13th at 7:45 a.m., the Bristol Maid reached the millionth pound of ice sold for the 2014 salmon season. The skipper, Nick Christensen and crew of the f/v Sherry Sea purchased the ice. They received a grocery gift basket and a warm thank you from the Bristol Maid crew for purchasing the one millionth pound of ice this season. The thank you read: "Congratulations! The Bristol Maid would like to show its appreciation to you for being the fisherman to buy the one millionth pound of ice sold for the 2014 salmon season. We have put together a great gift pack of groceries that includes everything a hard working fisherman needs to stay healthy and well fed (including Rock Stars and coffee to keep you awake on those long hard days). Thank you once again from "The Ray of Sunshine" and his crew on the Bristol Maid."
Coast Guard Regulations for Bristol Bay
Coast Guard requirements for Bristol Bay boats differ depending on whether your boat is documented and where you fish. Download this packet to see what regulations apply to your fishing operation. Included are exemption letters you may need to keep on board your vessel.
For more information click on the link above or call the Regional Fisheries Department at 907-843-4370
New for 2014: Vessel Acquisition Program
Success in the fishery for most permit holders is heavily dependent upon having access to the necessary equipment, which includes a vessel. In furtherance of their mission to advance the commercial fishing industry in our region, the BBEDC Board of Directors apporved the creation of the Vessel Acquisition Program.
Developing Alaska's Maritime Workforce
The University of Alaska has been collaborating with maritime industry representatives, state agencies, legislators and other training entities across the state since 2012 on the Fishing, Seafood and Maritime Initiative (FSMI). The goal of the initiative is to assess, develop and deliver training programs, raise awareness and further research to prepare Alaskans to meet current and emerging workforce, economic and scientific needs. Through this effort, the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan was created and published in May 2014. The University of Alaska is now working with maritime partners to implement the plan. We encourage you to read the plan.