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Fish business course available on TV and the Web

Submitted by Doug Schneider
Phone: 907-474-7449


Helping Alaska's commercial fishermen become business savvy is the aim of a new eleven-week course called The Business of Fish, offered by the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program.

The best part about the course is that you don't need to leave home to take it.

The class begins Jan. 20 and will be broadcast through the University of Alaska Television Network (UATV). Most Alaskans can view UATV programming through their local cable network. The course also is offered online, and in person if you are in Juneau. Workshops may be taken during actual workshop times or later in recorded versions at your own convenience. There is no charge for the class but registration is required.

For more information, or to register, go to: http://seagrant.uaf.edu/map/workshops/2009/businessoffish/index.html

The course will cover the basics of business financial management, as well as topics such as direct marketing, starting seafood cooperatives, transferring your fishing license, and other topics.

The class is part of the Spring 2009 FishBiz Workshop Series, a University of Alaska distance delivery business management course targeting the Alaska seafood sector.

Course schedule:

Jan. 20--Intro and Building Blocks of Financial Management
Jan. 27--Determining Fishing Profits and Valuing Investments
Feb. 3--Is Direct Marketing Right For You?
Feb. 10--Starting a Seafood Cooperative
Feb. 17--Seafood Markets: Alaska's Place in the Big Picture
March 3--Transferring Your Fishing Business
March 24--Lowering Your Fishing Fuel Bill
March 31--Tapping into RSDAs
April 7--Tracking Shellfish Farm Profits and Production
April 14--Risk Management for a Fishing Operation
April 28--Alternative Fishing Technologies

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