UFA Announces New Board and EC changes –

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UFA Legislative Update: April 13, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, It’s spring which means many of you are getting your boats ready for the summer season and/or participating in spring fisheries throughout the state.  It also means the legislature is entering their final push to the finish line. HB 199 was the primary focus of House Fisheries this week with three scheduled times for public testimony.  Listening to the testimony, there were numerous commercial fishermen around the state who called in to testify, with the majority of them in support of the bill. The joint House and Senate confirmation hearing for governor appointees was held on Tuesday, April 10.  Both Al Cain and Orville Huntington were confirmed to the Board of Fisheries to serve another term, and Dale Kelley and Fate Putman were confirmed as CFEC Commissioners. Lastly, I would like to take a moment in this Legislative Update to recognize our outgoing UFA President, Jerry McCune. Jerry is...
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Press Release: UFA Announces Officer and Executive Committee Changes 

For Immediate Release: April 12, 2018 Contact: Frances Leach, Executive Director,  director@ufa-fish.org 

UFA Announces Officer and Executive Committee Changes 

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) announces the transition in its leadership effective April 15, with the election of Matt Alward succeeding Jerry McCune as president, Bob Kehoe replacing Alward as vice president, and new executive committee members Rebecca Skinner and Sue Doherty.  Jerry McCune has served most recently as UFA president since 2014, as well as from 1992 to 1996, and has served as a paid or volunteer lobbyist for UFA throughout the past two decades. He was named to the UFA Alaska Seafood Industry Hall of Fame among the initial inductees in 2009, and will continue to serve on the UFA executive committee. Matt Alward represents North Pacific Fisheries Association on the UFA board and has served as vice president since 2015.  “I greatly appreciate the decades of...
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UFA Legislative Update – April 6, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, The pace is picking up and bills and budgets have been moving in the Alaska Legislature. The House passed the HB 286 Operating budget on Monday 4/2 and Senate finance subcommittees have closed out their departments. Senate Finance committee took public testimony from different regions this morning and this afternoon and will continue to hear budget amendments throughout the coming week. The joint House and Senate confirmation hearing for governor’s appointees is scheduled for Tuesday April 10 at 11:00 A.M. HB 199 Salmon habitat permitting bill has a major new version with the removal of the automatic anadromous classification and other changes. We look forward to public testimony scheduled for tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday in House Fisheries. More details are below and we thank you for your support. Please support our...
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SHIP Update – Pebble Scoping Meetings begin next week

Pebble Update: Scoping hearings start next week in Naknek, Kokhanok, Homer, Newhalen and New Stuyahok

Starting April 1, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take 30 days of public comment on the newly filed development plan for Pebble.  The Corps is planning to host meetings in Alaska communities starting April 9 in King Salmon.  Additional meetings are planned for Kokhanok on April 10, Homer on April 11, Iliamna on April 12, Nondalton on April 16, Dillingham on April 17 and Anchorage on April 19.  The Corps said it won't have a public speaking format in Homer, Anchorage and Dillingham.  Written comments will be taken at those meetings – see the links below for complete information or go straight to the
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UFA Legislative Update: March 30, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Where many bills have been moving out of committee this week, UFA’s main focus has been on the BOF appointee. We appreciate the support of members who responded to our action alert for the legislative confirmation of Duncan Fields to the Board of Fisheries. The Governor removed Field’s name as BOF appointee and re-appointed Al Cain. Here is the Governor’s press release: https://gov.alaska.gov/newsroom/2018/03/alan-cain-re-appointed-to-alaska-board-of-fisheries/ . UFA will be writing a letter of endorsement for Al Cain slated to go out early next week. Mr. Cain has proven himself to be an unbiased member of the BOF, which is a win for all user groups in Alaska. The manner in which Field’s name was removed and Cain’s inserted has left many user groups scratching their heads. Early this week, UFA wrote a letter to the Governor, ADF&G Commissioner Cotten, and all legislators requesting a fair shot for appointee...
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