About Us


UFA’s Mission

To promote and protect the common interest of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska’s social and economic well-being.

United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) is the statewide commercial fishing trade association, representing 33 Alaska commercial fishing organizations participating in fisheries throughout the state and its offshore federal waters.

Statement Policies

  • Promote positive relations between industry sectors.
  • Support all commercial gear types and remain neutral on allocative issues between commercial gear groups.
  • Protect industry from attacks through initiatives, legislation, etc.
  • Promote industry safety.
  • Promote healthy fishery resources by supporting research and habitat protection.
  • Support adequate funding for fishery research, management and enforcement.
  • Oppose fish farming.
  • Support development of new fisheries.
  • Educate industry, government and the public.
  • Support efforts to increase consumption of Alaska seafood.
  • Promote quality standards – harvester to consumer.
  •  Protect consumer access to seafood by maintaining a stable supply of product to processors.
Our Staff

Mark Vinsel

Mark Vinsel, Exec. Administrator

Jerry McCune

Jerry McCune, President jmccune59@hotmail.com

UFA policy for healthy and sustainable management of fisheries

UFA strongly supports:

  • State management of salmon fisheries.
  • Escapement goal management (Biological Escapement Goals).
  • Local management that is adaptive and abundance based.
  • Use of Commissioner’s EO authority on an active basis for the local management of a fishery.
  • Mixed stock management.

Core Functions of UFA – in order of priority

  1. Legislative presence
  2. Provide a forum for communication within the fishing industry
  3. Maintain a statewide trade organization with staffed office
  4. Public relations and educational programs targeting:
    a. members
    b. seafood industry and other industries
    c. general public