Q. I have been in the fishing charter all my life. I hold a USCG captain’s license. Would there be jobs for me in the fishing industry? -Kelly
A. Of course you could, Kelly. After all, Alaska has more coastline than any other state; therefore, more water related businesses. A good place to look is on the state jobs website and just click on the seafood industry part. Go to www.jobs.state.ak.us It should take you right to where you want to go. I was talking to someone in the department of Fish and Wildlife and he said that fishing in general has declined a bit due to the influx of farm raised fish into the world markets; as well as the U. S. in general not eating as much fish, but it is still big business.
Since you want to get into the fishing industry, I’m guessing you like to eat fish. I know the most wonderful recipe for halibut. Believe it or not, it came with our electric bill from Matanuska Electric Assoc. It has a rather unappetizing name I think (Sour Jack Halibut) but it is world class in flavor and appearance. So simple too. Just lay some slices of halibut on a baking pan (mine were about 3/4″- 1″ thick). Cover them with a nice thick layer of sour cream, then a good layer of sliced Vidalia or Walla Walla sweet onions, then a thick layer of shredded pepper jack cheese. Bake uncovered for about 20-30 min. (depending on thickness of the halibut).
I’m wondering, Kelly, with your license, maybe you would want to think about getting into the tourism business. That is big in this state and is a lot of fun as you meet people from all over the world. You should be able to find links to the tourism industry on the state website also. Good luck!