Statewide fisheries group hosts new Homer Halibut Festival
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council creates festival to bring halibut users together
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) will be hosting the first ever Homer Halibut Festival this weekend, September 19th-20th, as an opportunity for the community to celebrate the iconic halibut resources of Homer and of Alaska. All Homer Halibut Festival events are free and open to the public.
The weekend will begin on Saturday morning at 9am at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center with the “State of our Halibut: Ecology, Economy, Policy” - a three-part event, which will feature presentations and panel discussions with representatives from the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, the Homer Charter Association, the National Pacific Fisheries Association, the Homer Marine Trades Association, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. These presentations and discussions are meant to be informative for consumers and fishermen alike and will offer the public opportunities to talk with fisheries biologists and local officials about various facets of halibut ecology, economics, and policy in Alaska.
Following this, there will be a Community Fish Fry at Coal Point Trading Co. on the Homer Spit with opportunities to enjoy music, a halibut fillet demonstration by Jeff Guerin of Auction Block, a careful release demonstration, and a demonstration of the new ocean acidification kiosk created by AMCC and Cook Inletkeeper.
Saturday evening’s main event will be a Halibut Cabaret & Buoy Auction from 6pm to 9 pm at Alice’s Champagne Palace featuring musicians, FisherPoets, and a live and silent auction of buoys decorated by local artists.
Sunday’s program begins with a five kilometer Halibut Hustle on the Homer Spit at 10am. Land's End Resort will have a special brunch menu for runners after the race to include mimosas and Bloody Mary's!
AMCC will wrap up the weekend with a talk led by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, Executive Director of the young farming group the Greenhorns. She will present “Lessons of Young Farmers for Young Fishermen” at noon at the Homer Council on the Arts. A lunch specifically for young fishermen will follow at 1:15pm for a chance to discuss challenges young fishermen face and what inspiration from the young farmers movement they can incorporate into their own lives. Fleming’s presentation is open to the public and encouraged for young fishermen, farmers and budding agrarians alike! For more information on the Homer Halibut Festival, visit homerhalibutfest.org.
The Homer Halibut Festival schedule is as follows:
SATURDAY, SEPT 19
9am - 1pm State of our Halibut: Ecology, Economy, Policy, with education center, organization & business booths at Alaska Islands and Oceans Visitor Center, 95 Sterling Hwy
1:30 - 3:30pm Community Halibut Fish Fry Will include fillet & careful release demonstrations atCoal Point Trading Co. on the Homer Spit
6pm - 9pm Halibut Cabaret & Buoy Auction, a fundraiser for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council at Alice's Champagne Palace, 195 E Pioneer Ave.
SUNDAY, SEPT 20
10am Halibut Hustle 5K Run on the Homer Spit (same day registration starts at 8am), register at kachemakbayrunningclub.org
Noon "Greenhorns - Lessons of Young Farmers for Young Fishermen" Presentation by Severine von Tscharner Fleming, the Greenhorns at the Homer Council on the Arts followed by a lunch and conversation for young fishermen at 1:15pm