Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 3:54 PM on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Support equals healthy oceans

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council held its annual Ocean Boogie at Alice's recently. The event was put on among a night of NEPA training, three days of board meetings and our annual $10,000 cash raffle. Alice's staff led by Cindy Burns did a stellar job of hosting the event and the halibut chowder not only satisfied, but wowed the crowd of fishermen and ocean lovers in attendance.

This event, along with the cash raffle are important components to funding the work that AMCC does to ensure healthy oceans and healthy communities around coastal Alaska. AMCC's work this last year resulted in a cap placed on how many chinook salmon the Gulf of Alaska pollock trawl fleet can waste. We are now turning our attention to the waste of halibut in the Gulf fisheries. Not only is permanent protection for Bristol Bay from oil and gas development in the news, it is one of our most important programs. Healthy oceans are what AMCC's work is all about.

This work cannot go on without support from coastal communities and Homer once again came through with the message that we are in this together. There are too many individuals and businesses that willingly gave their support for this effort to list here, but please know that each and every one of you is appreciated. Thank you!

AMCC is also looking to keep the board of directors fresh with some new energy and insights. If you have some time and are willing to lend your passion for helping to govern one of Alaska's most respected marine conservation groups, go online to www.akmarine.org and follow the links to the board of directors. I can honestly say that it has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.

Pete Wedin

AMCC board member, retired