Category Archives: UFA Updates

UFA Legislative Update: February 19, 2017

  Note to members – Nominations are open for UFA at-large board elections. Four seats are open. Current Individual and lifetime members who hold an Alaska commercial fishing permit or IFQ are eligible to run, and to vote in the election that will take place in March. Nomination forms have been mailed to paid and recent lapsed members and are also online at: http://www.ufafish.org/nominations-open-for-ufa-at-large-board-election-deadline-march-1/ The UFA Spring 2017 meeting will be held Tuesday February 21 through Thursday February 23, at St. Ann’s Parish Hall at 430 Fifth St in Juneau. UFA meetings are open to current members, except for executive sessions, which is expected for Tuesday 2/21.  
Legislative Report
  1. Actions and hearings this past week:
-House Fish and Game Budget Subcommittee took public comments on Tuesday Feb 14, and heard amendments offered by the Governor. If above links do not work see video and documents tab at http://www.akleg.gov/basis/Meeting/Detail?Meeting=HDFG%202017-02-16%2011:00:00#tab2_4e -House Fisheries moved HB...
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Nominations open for UFA At-Large Board Election – deadline March 1. 

UFA’s Individual and Lifetime members are represented on the UFA board by four at-large board directors, elected by members during odd-numbered years for two year terms.  We invite you to bring your experience to the UFA board by seeking election for one of these board seats in the election that will be conducted by mail in March. UFA currently paid Individual or Lifetime members that are holders of CFEC permit, IFQ, or Alaska Commercial Crew license are eligible to serve as elected at-large members on the UFA Board.  Term will run from April 15, 2017 to April 14, 2019. Ballots and all information received from nominees will be mailed to all paid Individual and Lifetime members for voting, with deadline for receipt of votes by April 1. Return your completed nomination form to the UFA office by email, fax or postal mail by March 1. Links to nomination forms:   Microsoft Word version Adobe Acrobat...
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UFA Legislative Update: February 3, 2017

  1. Governor Walker re-appoints Jensen, Morisky, and Fritz Johnson to Board of Fisheries.
Fritz Johnson, a Bristol Bay drift boat skipper from Dillingham, was tapped for a seat on the state Board of Fisheries again, after being bumped off last year. The Governor’s office made the announcement this week, also putting John Jensen from Petersburg and Reed Morisky from Fairbanks up for reappointment… http://kdlg.org/post/johnson-tapped-fish-board-seat-again
  1. Press release: UFA posts Community Fishing Facts
We have provided each legislator with a complete set of the fish facts sheets, and lists of commercial fishery permits held in their district. It is amazing to see how many fishermen fishing different Alaska fisheries throughout the state bring their fishing income home, to even the most urban legislative districts. We met and reviewed the information with the seven new legislators serving on Fisheries and Resources committees. We are impressed with their enthusiasm and receptiveness to our...
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Press Release: UFA Publishes Updated Alaska Community Fishing Fact Sheets to Promote Seafood Industry Awareness

The statewide commercial fishing umbrella association United Fishermen of Alaska has released its updated set of fishing data sheets for major Alaska communities, boroughs and census areas. UFA is seeking to provide comprehensive information and statistics to help raise awareness of the importance of the commercial fishing and seafood processing industry to the state and Alaska communities.

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UFA Legislative Update: January 27, 2017

This week the Alaska State Legislature has started with committee meetings and informational overviews. House Fisheries committee heard a presentation by ADFG on State versus Federal fisheries management. See the meeting page for audio archive and Powerpoint of the presentation. For the week of January 30, hearings include budget overviews from Commercial and Sport fishing divisions, public input on Bristol Bay sulfide mine and Commercial fishing loan program total limit, Motor Fuel Tax in both the House and Senate Transportation committees, and a Senate hearing on a land grant for Petersburg Borough.. So far, legislation has not been introduced for fishing industry specific taxes. We will continue to monitor the bills and hearings. Hearing schedule next week for topics noted above:
  1. House Finance Committee – Monday 1/30 1:30 – Room 519
FY18 Budget Overviews: - Dept. of Law - Dept. of Fish & Game - Dept. of Corrections  
 
  1. House Fisheries special committee –...
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