To strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal subsistence fisheries management and research the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program was initiated in 2003. The Partners Program is a competitive grant that is directed at providing funding for biologist /social scientist/educator positions in Alaska Native and rural organizations with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal subsistence management. In addition, the program supports a variety of opportunities for local, rural students to connect with subsistence resource monitoring and management through science camps and paid internships. The program has fostered more than 100 partnerships among local, tribal, State, Federal and academic organizations. The program has mentored over 80 college and 200 high school students from rural communities.
For more information on the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program, contact: Karen Hyer by phone at (907) 786-3689 or by e-mail, email@example.com