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Issue No.63
  • :0973-1156
  • :May
  • :2021

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 63, May 2021



Linda Behnken :A leader, a fisher, a mother and a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries, she occupies a unique and significant place in the world of fisheries

By Natalie Sattler (, Programme Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Alaska, US

Linda came to Alaska in 1982 after her first year of college with a love of wilderness and vague ideas of earning money for college by working on commercial fishing boats. She landed her first job when a deckhand failed to show up after a night of drinking, and the skipper hesitantly agreed to give her a chance. On that first trip Linda was hooked. She loved working on the ocean, loved being part of the fishing community, and above all was awed by the beauty and wilderness of Alaska. Fishing has challenged her, humbled her and redefined her spirituality. Fishing has also in turn exhausted, exhilarated and inspired her.

After fishing for six years on fishing boats, she returned to school to earn an advanced degree in resource management with the goal of becoming a more effective advocate for the o