UFA Spring 2019 Board of Directors

Meeting will be held in Juneau, St. Ann’s Parish Hall

February 18 – 20, 2019

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Action Alert: BOF to Meet Regarding Hatchery Emergency Petition

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (board) will hold a meeting beginning at 1:00 p.m., July 17, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Egan Civic and Convention Center, 555 West 5th, Anchorage, Alaska. The purpose of the special meeting is to address an emergency petition from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association received May 16, 2018, regarding additional hatchery production in the Prince William Sound. At the meeting the board will consider whether an emergency exists under 5 AAC 96.625 and may consider whether to adopt emergency regulations under AS 16.10.440(b) to amend hatchery permit terms. This meeting is open to the public. Written comments, due by July 9, may be mailed to: Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526, emailed to dfg.bof.comments@alaska.gov, or entered on the Board’s main webpage at www.boardoffisheries.adfg.alaska.gov. The...
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UFA Update: June 5, 2018 

Dear Members, I hope the weather has been conducive for painting, net hanging and boat work as many of you prepare for the salmon season. There’s always excitement (or mechanical induced frustration) on the docks this time year with anticipation for the first opener.  Here at UFA, this is our chance to play catch-up after a busy legislative session.  As you can see in the below update, there’s still plenty of fisheries politics to keep us on our toes and to keep you informed. The postmark deadline for candidates in the statewide primary and general elections was last Friday, with late announcements by Mead Treadwell and Mark Begich to join in the race for Governor while Governor Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott withdrew from the Democratic primary to run as independents in the general election in November. We are eagerly awaiting “final” primary election candidate lists. UFA will be providing legislative candidates...
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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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UFA SHIP: Bristol Bay Fish Facts for Pebble EIS Scoping

Pebble Update: UFA SHIP publishes Bristol Bay Fish Facts for Pebble EIS Scoping. ...deadline is June 24

The UFA Salmon Habitat Information program (SHIP) has compiled statistics and info on Bristol Bay fisheries - to show the importance to locals, Alaskans, and people all over the U.S. - and  to help as reference in your comments on Pebble EIS Scoping. See UFA SHIP Bristol Bay Fish Facts at the UFA SHIP page or go straight to the document at Pebble Fish Facts . The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take written public comments until June 24 for Pebble EIS Scoping - your list of topics they should look into in the NEPA Environmental Impact Statement process....
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UFA Legislative Wrap-Up: May 18, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Its official, the legislature wrapped up in the wee hours of Sunday morning on May 13.  In all, it was a successful year for UFA in getting bills passed that we supported.  There are many bills out there that we would like to see move forward, and we hope that many of them will be re-introduced next year. Here is a quick breakdown of bills that passed that we supported: SB 37 – Boards of Pharmacy and Commercial Fishery Entry Commission – Includes amended language from HB 231 CFEC bill – Passed House and Senate and awaiting transmittal to the governor (UFA supported the initial bill and version D and was not able to meet as a board on the final version adopted into SB37). HJR 12 – Opposing FDA approval of GM...
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