Taylor Evenson | Anchorage / Kenai
Commercial fisherman and Entrepreneur
“Salmon, I believe, have the ability to bring Alaskans together; though in the past they have been used as a means to push us apart. It seems to me it would be hard to find an institution in Alaska that is not at least indirectly affected by salmon. This gives a large interconnected web to weave around the goals of salmon preservation and glorification. I think that empathy is needed, for all users of the resource, and understanding of salmon’s importance to each. Salmon can bring us together in our understanding of their unequivocal importance, and our desire for their preservation above all else.”
Taylor Hauk Evenson’s life is built around salmon as a commercial fisherman, a salmon waste processor, a consumer, and an advocate. As a third generation commercial fisherman with familial ties to Kenai, Anchorage, Chickaloon Native Village, and Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Evenson has had the opportunity to interface with many stakeholders and he is engaged, informed, and connected to many of the key issues and challenges associated with Alaska’s salmon and its people.
In addition to his roles as a boat captain and operations manager for a fleet of six commercial fishing vessels and as an active member of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association, Evenson is also an entrepreneur who has created an innovative business model, Alaska Salmon Fertilizer LLC, producing locally made salmon fertilizer. He is excited to share his perspective and also by the opportunity to learn from others as a Fellow. “I think that my relative youth would allow me to gain even more from this process than otherwise would be possible, because there will be so many fellows with very established working systems, connections, and management tools.”
Evenson also sees Alaska Salmon Fellows as an opportunity to bridge the divisions across our state. “Alaska is a place of divided people,” he wrote in his application. “We are divided by distance. We are divided by a lack of development. We are divided by mountain ranges, rivers, and bodies of water. We are divided by harsh weather. But we are also divided by our mindset. Skills that have made Alaskans great in this divided landscape are exactly what divide us now. But we are entering a time where we have to come together, a time where we are stronger in cooperation than complete independence. I am curious if we can have duality in our nature; can we be independent and interconnected, because truly we are.”