Promoting Coastal Community Resilience through Alaska Fisheries Business Self-Assessments

Project Overview Resource
June 2020

Climate change is a pressing concern for Alaska's coastal communities and fisheries businesses facing disruptions to the abundance and reliability of fish populations. As decision-makers in south-central Alaska began climate adaptation planning, they recognized that fishermen were often under-engaged in resilience conversations and lacked resources to integrate climate risks into business strategic planning. In response to this need, a collaborative project led by the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve provided business resilience tools and training to strengthen a network of local fisheries businesses prepared for climate impacts.

About this resource

A 2017 Science Transfer project led by the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve adapted a Fisheries Resilience Index business self-assessment for Alaska, convened a network of local fisheries stakeholders, and held a series of multi-sector fisheries business resilience workshops. This project overview highlights the project approach, results, benefits, and next steps.