Coast Guardsmen teach youth importance of fishing regulations, safety

KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Gemme, a maritime enforcement specialist with the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center, shows a group of pre-school children at the Child Development Center on Coast Guard Base Kodiak a Sculpin Sept. 7, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen.

As part of the Partners in Education outreach program, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center personnel educate youth throughout the school year regarding the importance of District 17’s fishing regulations and commercial fishing vessel safety practices.  During their visit to the Child Development Center at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, they showed the children different species of Alaskan fish and different models of commercial fishing vessels.  The Coast Guardsmen also provided safety tips for children when they are near the water or aboard a boat.

According to the NOAA Fisheries 2010 port rankings for seafood landings, released Wednesday, Kodiak is ranked number five in terms of tonnage, with 325.3 million pounds landed. In terms of value Kodiak, at $128.1-million, was third in the country. Nationwide, American commercial fishermen landed 8.2 billion pounds of seafood in 2010, valued at $4.5 billion, an increase of 200 million pounds and more than $600 million in value over 2009, according to the report.

Established in May, 1991, under the authority of the National Community Service Act of 1990, the Coast Guard PIE program promotes excellence in education, supports local school communities, and exposes students to Coast Guard people, missions and service. Since its inception, more than 15,000 Coast Guard members have volunteered over 200,000 hours of community service.

For more information on the PIE program, please visit our website. For more imagery of the NPRFTC personnel’s visit please view CGVI and enter NPRFTC into the search window.


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