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New Year's Resolution: 2017
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Ringing in the New Year with a Resolution

When I was seven years old, my dad took me on my first fishing trip, to Henschel’s Indian Museum and Trout Farm in Elkhart Lake, WI.  Though Milwaukee had just suffered through the largest waterborne disease outbreak in U.S. history, I was unbelievably excited.  Our typical family vacation involved antique stores and bicycles, and this was the first time I got to call the shots.  From that tug on my line in 1993, I was fascinated by all things fishy.
This fascination never left me.  In the years that followed, I worked with fish, turtles, frogs, snakes, seals, and sea lions.  In school, I studied fisheries laws and treaties, and taught high schoolers about a political conflict involving sea lions, salmon, and a local hydroelectric dam.  Lured by the ocean and rivers, I returned to Alaska and, finally, began my work with SEAGO. 
Sam's catch off Sitka's shores in May 2016 - thanks to Seth Bone with Kingfisher!
I know that I am not the only person in this industry who was lured in at that very first moment.
My resolution this year is to remember the excitement I felt from that first pull on my line.  The work SEAGO does lets me pass that excitement along, whether a client is on their first great Alaskan adventure or returning for their thirtieth season.
My goal this year is to continue connecting with business owners, operators, and captains throughout Southeast.  By sharing your knowledge and experience with us, you can help shape the way we work and the projects SEAGO undertakes.

In 2017, I hope that you all join me in remembering the thrill of your first fish and your motivations for becoming involved in guiding.  Please share your stories, or your client stories, in response to this e-mail or on our Facebook page for some SEAGO swag to welcome in 2017!


Sincerely,

Samantha Weinstein, Executive Director
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