Pescatourism: It’s What’s for Vacation! | Big Tourism

February 12, 2021

Experienced-based tourism in SE Alaska commercial fishery

A lot can happen in the space of drinking one Rainier beer on a commercial fishing boat. For Brendan Jones that kind of sparked the beginning of his pescatourism operation in Sitka, Alaska. Join Big Tourism host Arica Sears and her guests Jon Bonkoski of Ecotrust and Rachel and Brendan Jones of Finn Alley Fishing as they look at pescatourism from a research lens as well as from real experience in SE Alaska. After this episode you may be ready to try it out for yourself. Only on ASPN!

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Arica Sears

Arica Sears is a fourth generation resident of a one stoplight town on the Oregon Coast. She was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France, guide scuba diving in Mallorca, and document timber industry practices on the Oregon Coast. Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Destination Management Coordinator for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy.