About 250 fisheries professionals will be coming to Kodiak next week. No, they’re not all fishermen here to jig for cod – they are biologists, professors, managers and scientists attending the American Fisheries Society Alaska Chapter annual meeting.
Monday and Tuesday is set aside for continuing education classes for participants, and there are a couple dozen sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, according to incoming AFS President Mark Wipfli.
Julie Matwayou of the Kodiak Marine Advisory Program and the local arrangements committee worked with the AFS to try and include locals in the conference.
As a result, some of the events are wide open to the public and the rest can be attended through $20 half-day passes.
Since three days of half-day sessions at $20 each can add up, Matwayou says the Marine Advisory Program has scholarships to help folks attend
Matwayou can be reached at the Marine Advisory Program office or at the Harbor Convention Center next week.