Category Archives: Press Release

Press Release: UFA’s Salmon Habitat Program publishes Bristol Bay Fish Stats for Pebble EIS Scoping

JUNEAU – UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) has posted fishing and seafood industry statistics for the communities, boroughs and census areas of the Bristol Bay region to highlight the huge impact of the region’s fisheries. The UFA-SHIP program is seeking to help raise awareness about the salmon and other fisheries of the area as the topic is front and center in the current scoping process for the Pebble Mine Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

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Press Release: United Fishermen of Alaska Names Michael Bangs Fisherman of the Year

For Immediate Release: May 1, 2018 Contact Frances: Leach, Executive Director,  director@ufa-fish.org

United Fishermen of Alaska Names Michael Bangs Fisherman of the Year

United Fishermen of Alaska has posthumously named Michael Bangs of Petersburg as its Fisherman of the Year for2018. Bangs was an industry leader in the development of the roe-on-kelp and dive fisheries in Southeast Alaska and former president of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association. He had been Chair of the Southeast Regional Subsistence Advisory Council and served on that body since 2003, and also served on the Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee.  He passed away at his home in February. “Michael Bangs was a prime example that the job of a commercial fisherman is not limited to just working on the boat, said Executive Director Frances Leach. “Michael’s involvement on the Southeast Regional Subsistence Advisory Council, Petersburg Fish and Game Advisory Committee and on the Southeast Alaska Regional...
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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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Press Release: UFA’s Salmon Habitat Program Launches Sweepstakes to Bring Habitat Info to Fishermen

Text “ufaship” to 313131 or predict Bristol Bay’s sockeye harvest to win Alaska Airlines or LFS Gift Cards
JUNEAU – UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) has launched two summer sweepstakes to connect with commercial fishermen for important information regarding salmon habitat. Winners will be selected from fishermen who enter the drawing through a text campaign or Facebook comments to win Alaska Airlines and LFS, Inc gift certificates.

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Press Release: UFA Welcomes At-Large Board Members and Executive Committee

For Immediate Release: April 15, 2017 Contact: Jerry McCune, President  (907) 200-0240

UFA Welcomes At-Large Board Members and Executive Committee 

United Fishermen of Alaska is pleased to announce the election of Sue Aspelund, Rhonda Hubbard, Bruce Schactler, and Zachary Hill as at-large board members. UFA’s individual and lifetime members elect four at-large directors to represent the more than 450 individual, lifetime, and crew members on the organization’s board of directors. The at-large directors will serve two-year terms beginning April 15, 2017 and ending April 14, 2019 on the UFA Board of Directors. Also taking effect on April 15 are new executive committee members Tyson Fick and Sue Doherty. UFA welcomes the return of Sue Aspelund, who is looking forward to her 24th salmon setnet season in Bristol Bay, and brings the experience from over a decade as Commercial Fisheries Policy Advisor and Deputy Director of Commercial Fisheries for Alaska Department of Fish...
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