The Heinz Family Foundation announced the winners of the twenty-fifth annual Heinz Awards on Tuesday (10-13-20), and the director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association was among them. Sitka’s Linda Behnken was one of five individuals honored with the prestigious award, which includes a $250,000 unrestricted cash prize, for her work as a sustainable fisheries advocate.
Linda Behnken is the director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association. ALFA, and its community-supported fishery, Alaska's Own, is starting a seafood donation program to aid Sitkans in need. In partnership with the Seafood Producer's Cooperative, Sitka Sound Seafoods, and Sitka Mutual Aid. For more information on how to contribute the program visit www.alaskansown.com.
Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association (ALFA) director Linda Behnken and project manager Anya Grenier say the association's community-supported fishery is poised for growth. "Alaska's Own" will be supplying product directly from fishermen to Fairbanks beginning this year. The expansion is made possible by a grant from Northwest Farm Credit Services.
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Sitka’s community supported fishery - called Alaskans Own - has received a $4500 grant to expand operations. With this money, the CSF hopes to sell more Alaskan fish to more Alaskan customers.