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1. Please select an answer below that best represents your involvement in commercial fisheries.
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Percent
Response
Count
I operate a commercial fishing business.
58.7%105
I crew for a commercial fishing business.
4.5%8
I am retired from commercial fishing, but previously ran and/or crewed a fishing business.
7.8%14
I work in a business that transacts goods or services with the commercial fishing industry.
12.3%22
I have not worked in commercial fishing, but am interested in a career in commercial fishing.
1.1%2
None of the above.
15.6%28
If you clicked "none of the above", please tell us what you do.
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2. Have you attended any workshops and/or training related to your commercial fishing career?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
64.6%82
No
35.4%45

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3. If "yes", did the training help you in your fishing career?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
83.5%66
No
16.5%13
If you answered "Yes", please list the classes you took and explain how the training helped your fishing career.
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4. Should the University of Alaska offer a certificate program in commercial fisheries?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
52.1%88
No
13.6%23
Don't know
34.3%58

5. Please list any potential concerns that might come from an established certificate program. (What are the downsides?)
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6. Please respond to the following statement: "I would expect a certification in commercial fisheries to help a person to":
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 No opinionStrongly disagreeSomewhat disagreeSomewhat agreeStrongly agreeRating
Average
Rating
Count
Lower maintenance and service costs10.6% (15)9.2% (13)7.0% (10)45.8% (65)27.5% (39)3.70142
Make more money9.9% (14)9.9% (14)12.0% (17)47.2% (67)21.1% (30)3.60142
Lower insurance premiums10.6% (15)7.1% (10)17.7% (25)41.1% (58)23.4% (33)3.60141
Make it easier to get a loan16.9% (24)6.3% (9)15.5% (22)42.3% (60)19.0% (27)3.40142
Improve their marketability to buyers12.7% (18)12.0% (17)13.4% (19)35.9% (51)26.1% (37)3.51142
Improve the financial management of their fishing operation5.0% (7)5.0% (7)5.0% (7)44.7% (63)40.4% (57)4.11141
Improve their management of crew/employees5.6% (8)4.2% (6)14.7% (21)42.7% (61)32.9% (47)3.93143
Help to better manage risks faced in the business4.3% (6)5.0% (7)9.3% (13)44.3% (62)37.1% (52)4.05140
Improve their ability to get a job with an experienced captain9.9% (14)7.8% (11)9.2% (13)39.7% (56)33.3% (47)3.79141
Other (please specify)
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7. Do you think that offering a commercial fisheries certification through a series of classes would have more likelihood of increasing a participant's net profits than if MAP continued to offer occasional classes here and there?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
40.8%60
No
19.0%28
Maybe
36.7%54
Not applicable
3.4%5
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8. This is an information-packed question, but one of the most important. Please hang in there! In the rows are possible courses that may fit into a fisheries training program. We would like to know how important you believe each potential course would be ("Importance"), and how long each course should last ("Duration").
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Importance
 
Core/must takeOptional/electiveNot importantResponse
Count
Marine safety91.5% (129)5.7% (8)2.8% (4)141
Marine navigation and seamanship81.0% (111)17.5% (24)1.5% (2)137
Vessel maintenance and repair64.2% (88)33.6% (46)2.2% (3)137
Engine repair34.8% (48)62.3% (86)2.9% (4)138
Gear repair39.9% (55)56.5% (78)3.6% (5)138
Equipment repair31.4% (43)66.4% (91)2.2% (3)137
Welding9.4% (13)77.5% (107)13.0% (18)138
Refrigeration18.1% (25)73.2% (101)8.7% (12)138
Electrical and wiring27.7% (38)69.3% (95)2.9% (4)137
Hydraulics28.8% (40)69.1% (96)2.2% (3)139
Understanding regulatory processes & fisheries management59.0% (82)32.4% (45)8.6% (12)139
Gear specific production techniques26.8% (37)64.5% (89)8.7% (12)138
Seafood quality and handling82.0% (114)16.5% (23)1.4% (2)139
Dive instruction3.6% (5)73.2% (101)23.2% (32)138
Business planning46.0% (64)46.8% (65)7.2% (10)139
Bookkeeping and financial37.4% (52)56.1% (78)6.5% (9)139
Direct marketing10.9% (15)76.8% (106)12.3% (17)138
Seafood marketing16.5% (23)72.7% (101)10.8% (15)139
Maritime law44.6% (62)42.4% (59)12.9% (18)139
Financing and managing debt42.4% (59)51.8% (72)5.8% (8)139
Crew/employee management37.4% (52)54.7% (76)7.9% (11)139
Mentorships on fishing vessels32.1% (43)57.5% (77)10.4% (14)134
Duration
 
A day or lessA week or lessSeveral weeksUncertainResponse
Count
Marine safety16.3% (21)58.9% (76)18.6% (24)6.2% (8)129
Marine navigation and seamanship7.2% (9)32.0% (40)48.8% (61)12.0% (15)125
Vessel maintenance and repair5.7% (7)30.9% (38)47.2% (58)16.3% (20)123
Engine repair7.4% (9)26.4% (32)42.1% (51)24.0% (29)121
Gear repair10.7% (13)42.6% (52)27.9% (34)18.9% (23)122
Equipment repair9.1% (11)39.7% (48)22.3% (27)28.9% (35)121
Welding7.7% (9)22.2% (26)36.8% (43)33.3% (39)117
Refrigeration9.6% (11)32.2% (37)28.7% (33)29.6% (34)115
Electrical and wiring9.3% (11)39.8% (47)28.8% (34)22.0% (26)118
Hydraulics12.5% (15)42.5% (51)20.8% (25)24.2% (29)120
Understanding regulatory processes & fisheries management15.4% (19)51.2% (63)16.3% (20)17.1% (21)123
Gear specific production techniques16.0% (19)42.0% (50)14.3% (17)27.7% (33)119
Seafood quality and handling26.2% (32)51.6% (63)9.0% (11)13.1% (16)122
Dive instruction7.0% (8)25.4% (29)22.8% (26)44.7% (51)114
Business planning10.0% (12)48.3% (58)21.7% (26)20.0% (24)120
Bookkeeping and financial10.1% (12)41.2% (49)26.1% (31)22.7% (27)119
Direct marketing19.5% (23)44.1% (52)6.8% (8)29.7% (35)118
Seafood marketing33.1% (39)31.4% (37)10.2% (12)25.4% (30)118
Maritime law32.8% (39)35.3% (42)10.9% (13)21.0% (25)119
Financing and managing debt21.8% (26)46.2% (55)11.8% (14)20.2% (24)119
Crew/employee management31.9% (38)37.0% (44)8.4% (10)22.7% (27)119
Mentorships on fishing vessels16.1% (19)16.9% (20)32.2% (38)34.7% (41)118
Other (please specify)
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9. What is your opinion about the following statement: "I believe a formal training program would make an inexperienced individual a better fisherman."
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Percent
Response
Count
No opinion
4.1%6
Strongly disagree
4.8%7
Somewhat disagree
10.3%15
Somewhat agree
46.2%67
Strongly agree
34.5%50
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10. Please respond to the following statement: "If I was a vessel skipper, I would be more interested in hiring someone if I found out they had a commercial fisheries certificate."
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Percent
Response
Count
No opinion
7.7%11
Strongly disagree
7.0%10
Somewhat disagree
14.0%20
Somewhat agree
42.7%61
Strongly agree
28.7%41
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11. Please respond to the following statement: "If available, I would seriously consider taking a commercial fisheries certification program."
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Percent
Response
Count
No opinion
26.1%37
Strongly disagree
14.8%21
Somewhat disagree
13.4%19
Somewhat agree
33.1%47
Strongly agree
12.7%18
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12. If you "agree", which months would you be most available to take courses?
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Response
Count
January
73.4%69
February
66.0%62
March
44.7%42
April
16.0%15
May
6.4%6
June
3.2%3
July
2.1%2
August
5.3%5
September
7.4%7
October
31.9%30
November
63.8%60
December
64.9%61

13. If you "agree", would you be willing to travel to attend classes for the certification if they are not offered in your area?
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Percent
Response
Count
Yes
26.3%25
No
21.1%20
Maybe
52.6%50
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14. Roughly how many years have you commercially fished?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
0 to 5
15.4%22
6 to 10
10.5%15
11 to 20
16.8%24
21 or more
46.2%66
Have not fished
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15. During your fishing career, please identify the areas and species you have fished in Alaska, either as captain or crew.
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 SalmonPollockHalibutSablefishPacific codCrabShrimpDive fishery speciesRockfishFlatfish, mackerel, perchHerringOtherRating
Count
Southeast/Yakutat88.2% (60)1.5% (1)69.1% (47)42.6% (29)19.1% (13)44.1% (30)33.8% (23)13.2% (9)29.4% (20)1.5% (1)45.6% (31)16.2% (11)68
Prince William Sound63.6% (21)6.1% (2)27.3% (9)15.2% (5)0.0% (0)12.1% (4)3.0% (1)9.1% (3)3.0% (1)0.0% (0)48.5% (16)6.1% (2)33
The Gulf22.5% (9)12.5% (5)90.0% (36)62.5% (25)37.5% (15)17.5% (7)10.0% (4)2.5% (1)32.5% (13)5.0% (2)10.0% (4)10.0% (4)40
Cook Inlet84.0% (21)0.0% (0)60.0% (15)4.0% (1)24.0% (6)24.0% (6)12.0% (3)0.0% (0)12.0% (3)0.0% (0)36.0% (9)12.0% (3)25
Kodiak area54.3% (19)17.1% (6)71.4% (25)31.4% (11)40.0% (14)42.9% (15)5.7% (2)5.7% (2)22.9% (8)8.6% (3)28.6% (10)17.1% (6)35
Alaska Peninsula48.0% (12)8.0% (2)40.0% (10)16.0% (4)24.0% (6)16.0% (4)4.0% (1)0.0% (0)8.0% (2)0.0% (0)16.0% (4)4.0% (1)25
The Aleutian Islands17.4% (4)4.3% (1)56.5% (13)34.8% (8)34.8% (8)43.5% (10)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)8.7% (2)4.3% (1)13.0% (3)8.7% (2)23
The Bering Sea6.7% (2)20.0% (6)30.0% (9)23.3% (7)26.7% (8)50.0% (15)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)3.3% (1)0.0% (0)20.0% (6)10.0% (3)30
Bristol Bay77.6% (45)0.0% (0)13.8% (8)0.0% (0)1.7% (1)6.9% (4)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)50.0% (29)1.7% (1)58
Kuskokwim or Yukon River systems44.4% (4)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)55.6% (5)0.0% (0)9
Norton Sound11.1% (1)0.0% (0)22.2% (2)0.0% (0)22.2% (2)33.3% (3)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)88.9% (8)11.1% (1)9
Kotzebue0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)0.0% (0)100.0% (1)0.0% (0)1
Other (please specify)
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16. Please identify the type(s) of fishing gear you have used in your career.
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Response
Count
Troll
35.2%44
Gillnet
72.0%90
Seine
51.2%64
Longline
68.8%86
Pots
56.8%71
Jig
12.8%16
Trawl
19.2%24
Other (please specify)
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17. Over the course of your career, how would you characterize your fishing operation. (Select as many as you wish.)
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Percent
Response
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Lifestyle choice
61.8%76
Small family operation
50.4%62
Supplemental income
30.1%37
Main or entire income
61.8%76
Other (please specify)
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18. At this time, please offer any other advice, words of caution, points of view, or other avenues to explore that will help direct us in this scoping project.
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19. In the absence of a certificate program, what other commercial fishing related training subjects should the Marine Advisory Program provide?
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