ALASKA SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES TRUST LAUNCHES “SEABANK”; HIRES PROGRAM DIRECTOR

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SEPTEMBER 2018

The Alaska Sustainable Fisheries Trust is proud to announce their newest program: SeaBank.

SeaBank is designed to document and quantify ecosystem value by combining the interdisciplinary lenses of social, ecological, and economic capital of Southeast Alaska to create innovative, and easily understood, information accessible to the public.

Of interest is to better understand and amplify the myriad perspectives, values, and goals which create and influence southeast jobs and industries, the health of our ecosystem, and the health of our communities.

We are launching SeaBank with the creation of new maps which combine scientific data, economic data, and bathymetric data to create a new set of maps that are specific to our southeast commercial fisheries. Building on a previous map of southeast Alaska’s estuaries, The Nature Conservancy is currently mapping the economic value of ex-vessel prices of salmon fisheries.

A second set of maps is being developed out of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association’s bathymetric data sets and public fisheries data reports to illustrate Sablefish and Chinook stocks respectively. These maps will be available later this fall on our website www.seabank.org.

Our three primary target audiences include: 1) working fishermen and businesses in Southeast Alaska; 2) consumers of the ecosystem services Southeast provides, such as seafood, tourism, and recreation; and, 3) local state and federal resource managers and advocacy groups who affect resource management policy in Alaska.

SeaBank’s first year goals include:

• Write an ‘annual report’ of the research, evaluations, discoveries, policy advancements, and greater discussion of southeast Alaska’s ecosystem, available at the end of 2018.

• Create new information by combining established data into new and innovative information

• Champion regional businesses through our online marketplace

• Collaborate with partners to create new information, data sets, or lenses through which to better understand southeast Alaska

Expand the information and resources available on the SeaBank website into a user friendly resource

• Contribute to the greater discussion of Alaska’s resources, ecosystems, communities

• Amplify our partner’s work, research, and voice

Leading SeaBank is the program director, Aurora Lang. She comes to ASFT with experience in Alaska fisheries, including national wild Alaskan salmon sustainability campaigns. Born and raised in Juneau, Aurora’s holds a B.A. in anthropology and M.A. in museum studies, where she focused on oral history and exhibition writing. She currently documents Alaska’s coastal communities through an oral history passion project.

For more information, please contact: asft.programs@gmail.com