Homer is often called the Halibut Capital of the World, and this is a title we're proud of! Halibut has played an essential role in building Homer’s diverse recreational and commercial fisheries, becoming important to both the economy and culture of the community. The Alaska Marine Conservation Council kicked off the first ever Homer Halibut Festival in 2015 as an opportunity for the community to celebrate the iconic halibut resource of Homer and of Alaska. We'll be back in 2016, September 8-11, for a bigger and better event, coordinating with the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, the Center for Alaska Coastal Studies and the Kachemak Bay Running Club for four days of marine festival fun. We'll celebrate the annual Wooden Boat Festival with KBWBS, and of course AMCC will be back with a community meal, art, music, opportunities to learn about fisheries science, and more ways to share the fishing traditions that have enriched the End of the Road. Through knowledge and celebration, we hope to increase awareness and stewardship of both halibut and marine ecosystems.