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Melanie Brown

Salmon, set net

As Alaskans, I think that the fishing industry is part of all of us.

How did you get started in the fishing and seafood industry?

I am involved in commercial fishing because of my family’s tradition. My great-grandpa was the first person in my family to participate in the commercial fishery in Bristol Bay. He was indigenous so my family prior to him would have participated as traditional users, gathering what they needed for their winter food supply.

How has responsible fisheries management had a positive impact on what you do?

Sustainable fisheries management has enabled me to help support my family. It keeps the runs in Bristol Bay strong and healthy. I have seen some leaner years in Bristol Bay but for well over a decade now, we’ve enjoyed some steady runs of fish. No matter how much the runs might naturally fluctuate, it’s always a positive thing to know that the mangers are relying on the best science available to ensure the long term success of the resource.

Is there anything else you would like Alaskans or anyone who enjoys Alaska Seafood to know about what you do?

As Alaskans, I think that the fishing industry is part of all of us. It’s what our state was founded on. I’m really proud to be a fourth generation commercial fisherman and I’m happy to see that my children are starting to be involved as well. With sustainable fisheries management, we should expect that many generations to come will enjoy the wealth of our fisheries.

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