What is the Skipper Science Partnership?

The Skipper Science Partnership brings your voice and stories to the table with decision makers who are eager to hear from fishermen – Alaska’s eyes and ears on the water.

We want to hear about your experiences and your stories out on the water.

History of monitoring

Alaska has a history of fishermen collecting and reporting data from their experiences. From 1977-1991 the Alaska Trollers Association (ATA) had a standardized annual logbook program, where fishermen gathered biological and physical data used in scientific research, fishery management, and to fight for larger allowable salmon harvests. The hard data gathered from this program allowed for better communication between policy makers and fishermen.

What joining means

The Skipper Science Partnership enables fishermen to report data like fish caught, fish released, hours worked, sea surface temperature, mammal sightings, fishing depth, etc. simply and easily from their phones on the fishing grounds. Data can be logged from the water regardless of internet access through the Skipper Science smartphone app and then can be uploaded when you have Wi-Fi. The program is entirely voluntary. Join today to make an account and start logging observations from your next opener!

The future

Data collected from this summer will be compiled into a report characterizing the ecological status Alaska fishing grounds. This report will be delivered to policy makers and fisheries managers working on climate actions that will help sustain the health of our fisheries. The Skipper Science Partnership is made for and by fishermen.

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All photo credits: Chris Miller

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