UFA Spring 2019 Board of Directors

Meeting will be held in Juneau, St. Ann’s Parish Hall

February 18 – 20, 2019

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UFA Update: November 15, 2018

***We wanted to make sure that if you're attending Pacific Marine Expo, that you are also aware of this special panel to be held this Sunday, November 18.*** MAGNUSON-STEVENS ACT — HOW CURRENT POLICIES IMPACT FISHERMEN AND OUR NATION’S SEAFOOD SUPPLY Ocean Strategies is hosting a discussion panel at Pacific Marine this Sunday from 1-2pm that will dive into federal fisheries policy issues on the docket for the current and upcoming Congress. We'll look at the suite of legislation aiming to reauthorize or make changes to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and talk about the implications of those bills with panelists that can bring us a coast-to-coast perspective. Ocean Strategies' senior consultant and Gulf of Alaska fisherman Hannah Heimbuch is facilitating, and we'll be hosting panelists Bob Kehoe from the Purse Seine Vessel Owners' Association and Jason DeLaCruz from Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance. These...
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Board of Fisheries Hatchery Recap

As you are likely aware, the Alaska Board of Fisheries met on October 16 to consider two Agenda Change Requests (ACRs) to limit hatchery production in the state.  UFA worked closely with many other groups to get the word out about these ACRs and requested that members submit written comments opposing the adoption of these two ACRs. I attended the meeting as and was pleased to see it was well attended by members of the public, mostly commercial fishermen who flew in from Cordova.  This shows great unity and commitment by these fishermen as public comment was very limited. There were three hatchery presentations by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Staff, and if you have the time, I highly suggest you take a look at them. 

Hatchery Oral Reports

Vote while you fish starting today, Oct 22


Don’t wait – vote in the Alaska General Election beginning today, October 22. If you will be fishing or away from home on Tuesday November 6, make plans now to vote absentee or early. See below for the four ways to vote absentee: 1) in-person, 2) by mail, 3) by fax or electronic submission, and 4) through a personal representative if your are disabled. Candidates for Alaska Governor, U.S. House, 40 State House and 10 State Senate seats, and Ballot Measure No. 1 "An act providing for the protection of wild salmon and fish and wildlife habitat" will be on the ballot for the general election.

2018 General Election Information

Sample Ballots by District 

Official Election Pamphlet


October 22 -Beginning today you can vote in the November 6 General Election

If you will be fishing, make plans now to vote absentee or early. There...
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AK Roadless – comments to USFS due Oct 15…

& additional public comment opportunity to AK Roadless Advisory Committee at public meetings scheduled for Ketchikan and Sitka. To comment directly to the USFS see: USFS AK Roadless Rule home page USFS NEPA Documents USFS Comment page In addition, written comments can be submitted via hard-copy mail to: Alaska Roadless Rule USDA Forest Service, Alaska Region, Ecosystem Planning and Budget Staff P.O. Box 21628 Juneau, Alaska 99802-1628 Sign up for USFS email updates on the AK Roadless NEPA process at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDAFS/subscriber/new?topic_id=NEPA_54511_S Also, there will be opportunity to comment to the state's AK Roadless Rule Advisory Committee at meetings scheduled on October 24 - 26 at the Landing Hotel in Ketchikan and November 6 - 8 in Sitka, location tbd. We expect meeting info to be posted soon at the AK Roadless Rule Advisory Committee’s website  - www.merid.org/AKroadless . Related links: DNR...
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AK Roadless Rule – Gov’s committee & USFS meetings

UFA Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) Here are two recent announcements regarding the USFS Alaska Roadless Rule. See below for opportunity to serve on the Governor's advisory committee, attend USFS briefing meetings coming soon throughout Southeast and Anchorage, and provide comments directly to USFS....
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