Category Archives: UFA Updates

UFA Update: July 14, 2017 – Fishing Safety Items

Support UFA Business members on our website HERE. CF Safety Advisory Committee to meet July 27 on USCG Regulations U.S. Coast Guard is issuing a new task to the Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee (CFSAC). The U.S. Coast Guard is asking CFSAC to help the agency identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information (that fall within the scope of the Committee's charter) for possible repeal, replacement, or modification. This tasking is in response to the issuance of Executive Orders 13771, “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs; 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda;” and 13783, “Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.” The full Committee is scheduled to meet by teleconference on July 27, 2017, to discuss this tasking. This teleconference will be open to the public. The U.S. Coast Guard will consider CFSAC recommendations as part of the process of...
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UFA Update: June 30, 2017

Support UFA Business members on our website HERE. Help support UFA today! Visit 'Become a Member' on our website to see the various membership levels and benefits. Registration is open for Pacific Marine Expo. NOV 16 - 18, 2017 & Thanks to UFA members who responded to our action alert for legislators to avert a government shutdown. Contents: Inclusion of an item does not mean that UFA endorses or agrees. Statewide
  1. Budget Compromise Achieved, Alaska Government Shutdown Averted – Sitnews, by Mary Kauffman (6/26)
  2. Governor Walker Amends Special Session Proclamation to Address Oil and Gas Subsidies
  3. World's Largest Wild Salmon Run Harvest Season Opens - Bristol Bay, Alaska To Harvest Over 27 Million Sockeye Salmon in 2017
  4. Yukon salmon runs offering opportunities for harvest
  5. PWS harvest tops one million fish
  6. Drift fishermen donate hundreds of Copper River sockeye at Senior Salmon Day
  7. Southeast Alaska's Summer King Salmon Season Begins Saturday
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UFA Update: June 23, 2017

State shutdown averted A sigh of relief so you can fish with less to worry about. Many news stories came out last night after the budget conference committee agreed, but before the Senate and House had voted to pass the bill, which happened around 10 pm: Alaska Legislature averts shutdown with nine days to spare By James Brooks, Morris News Service-Alaska/Juneau Empire, Fri, 06/23/2017 - 9:02am With nine days to spare, the Alaska Legislature has averted a statewide government shutdown. At 1:04 p.m. Thursday afternoon, a joint House-Senate conference committee approved a compromise budget that funds state government past July 1 using savings from Alaska’s Constitutional Budget Reserve. The Senate voted 16-1 just before 9 p.m. to approve the deal, and the House followed suit, 31-8, just after 10 p.m. “This is very much...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 17, 2017

Thanks to UFA members for their support. We encourage members to support our business members – see links on our website. We have sent letters to convey the positions the UFA board took during our Spring annual meeting in February.  Most are posted on our website / current issues tab. UFA At-large election results – welcome new at-large directors Sue Aspelund and Rhonda Hubbard to the UFA Board, effective April 15. Bruce Schactler and Zach Hill were both re-elected. A press release has been issued and will be posted soon at our press releases page. Thanks to over 200 individual and life members that participated in the election and especially to the thirteen qualified nominees that did not make the top four. Legislative happenings from last week & today: The 30th Alaska Legislature is continuing its first regular session beyond the voter-approved 90 day limit. With work focusing...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 7, 2017

Thanks to all our business members for their support - we encourage members to support them with your business – see links on our website.
Non-Legislative item: Renew Your 2017 Commercial Crew License Online for a Chance to Win a Free License!  (Juneau) — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announces a promotional give away of ten 2017 commercial crewmember licenses. To be eligible, complete your 2017 commercial crew license renewal online, through the Alaska Fish and Game Online Store before October 6, 2017. A valid email, phone, and mailing address must be provided. ADF&G will hold the drawing on Tuesday October 17, 2017. Ten license holders who completed their 2017 license purchase online will receive a refund for the cost of their 2017 commercial crewmember license…
Events: Laine Welch to host Salmon Policy...
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