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UFA Special Announcement: Donations to USCG Will You Be a Hero to Alaska’s Coast Guard?

North Pacific fishing trade associations are banding together to provide a forum to help Alaska's USCG families in need. Each trade association is aiming to raise $7,500-$10,000 in tax-deductible contributions. We've worked directly with the USCG to set this up in a way that is legal for them to accept and helps them bridge their financial gap. See the below message from Chris Woodley, retired Coast Guard and Executive Director of Groundfish Forum, for more information and for the link to the donation platform. The USCG is there for us in times of need, let's show them that Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers will support them in times of need, too.** Will You Be a Hero for Alaska's Coast Guard? 

This week many Coast Guard members and families in Alaska are facing hard times – thousands of active duty, reservists, and Coast Guard civilians have not been paid since December...
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UFA Legislative Update: January 18, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends,

The 31st Legislature is getting underway in Juneau.  The Senate and House both gaveled in on Monday and swore in new members.  On Thursday, Foster was elected Pro Tem of the House until the House gets organized.         
There were no prefile bills that impact commercial fisheries; however, on Wednesday Senator Stevens re-introduced the Shellfish enhancement bill, now SB 22.
SB. 22 – Shellfish Enhance. Projects; Hatcheries- “An Act relating to management of enhanced stocks of shellfish; authorizing certain nonprofit organizations to engage in shellfish enhancement projects; relating to application fees for salmon hatchery permits; and providing for an effective date” a bill introduced by...
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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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