Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, & Lifeskills Program
RYC has continued partnership with Baranof & Company to expand the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Life Skills program into the Fall, Winter, and Spring of 2021-2022 beginning December 2021 through May 2022. This program is FREE for youth in the community of Ketchikan and Saxman. The target population is youth aged ten to eighteen, although younger youth will not be excluded.
Thank you to Peace Health, the Rasmuson Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, and the Division of Behavioral Health for funding the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Life Skills program!
This program will teach youth some valuable life skills like how to fish for different species, identify and harvest local edible foods, and prepare the foods harvested. Baranof has created two field guides that cover all aspects of edible foods in Southeast Alaska. We believe that getting youth into the forest, exploring a tide pool, beachcombing, or catching a fish is the best way to educate, go back to basics, and create a sense of well-being.
RYC is confident in Baranof & Company's ability to inspire youth with the simple pleasures and lifestyle of
exploring our wilderness while celebrating our culture of living off the land. These experiences
will allow youth to explore their curiosities and educate them along the way and provide lasting
social connections, experiences, and education that these youth will remember into adulthood.
Youth will have a chance to learn and identify species, develop skills on the water, and different
encounters with marine life like Humpback and Orca Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Stellar Sea
Lions, Harbor Seals, rockfish, salmon, halibut, lingcod, crab, shrimp, black cod, and octopus.
They will learn fishing techniques like jigging, mooching, trolling, crab and shrimp pots, bottom
fishing, knots, and navigation. Youth will explore tide pools, beach harvesting, fillet process,
outdoor cooking, and chopping wood on the beach. At the Fish House, youth will learn how to
prepare and preserve fish, berries, water safety, outboard maintenance, and experience animals
living on or around the docks.
All Baranof guides are certified by the United States Coast Guard National Maritime Center and
carry a Merchant Mariner's Credential. They are also First Aid/CPR certified and enrolled in the Tongass Maritime Consortium, meeting DOT/USCG random drug testing requirements.
Structure of the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, & Life Skills Fall, Winter, and Spring Program
Community partners will coordinate with Brooke Avila, RYC Executive Administrative Assistant, to schedule fishing excursions or Alaska Fish House culinary experiences. Brooke's phone number is 907-617-6145, and her email address is for the program is email@example.com
Gear Baranof will provide:
To bring on your Baranof Excursion:
Below is a list of experiences Baranof & Co. will offer to youth participating in the Ketchikan Youth Fishing, Harvesting, and Lifeskills program throughout the fall, winter, and spring of 2021-2022.
1. Shrimping: 2 trips, one shorter trip to drop pots the night before, and then a longer trip to
pull pots the following day.
2. Crabbing: Run to crab grounds, drop pots, and fish for a few hours before pulling the pots
and returning to the dock.
3. Black Cod Fishing: Using electric reels to target species in very deep water (600 ft. +)
requires calm weather conditions and slack tides.
4. Halibut Fishing: Bottom fishing from anchor using bait, with participants usually bringing
home fish like halibut, pacific cod, rockfish, or other bottom fish. Since Cedars processing is
closed, there may be an opportunity to teach filleting and vacuum packaging.
5. Rockfish Fishing with a Family Meal at the Alaska Fish House (owned and
operated by Baranof & Co.: Target pelagic rockfish proceeding a meal prepared with the
day;s catch at The Alaska Fish House for youth and their immediate family.
6. Introduction to Boating Safety and Survival Outing: Land on a beach, build a fire, do
a brief hike/tide pool to scavenge food, learn about and practice using emergency equipment.
7. Wildlife Identification & Photography Outing: Sightseeing by boat, look for bears,
whales, seals, sea lions, eagles, possibly go ashore and check out landscapes and geology.
8. Canning Salmon at The Alaska Fish House: Youth will learn the process for pressure
canning and go home with their finished product.
9. Blueberry Jam at The Alaska Fish House: Using organic blueberries, culinary staff will
educate youth to craft preserves from native berries.
10: Rockfish Gyotaku Prints at The Alaska Fish House: Youth will learn the ancient art
of fish prints and come home with their artwork.
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