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UFA Legislative Update: May 4, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, Just when we thought session was winding down, things sped back up with several bills moving.  HB 354 - the Dive Fishery Management bill, which UFA supports, is now awaiting transmittal to the Governor.  Another bill that UFA supports, HB 56 – Comfish Loan Limits passed out of Senate Finance and is awaiting scheduling for a floor vote.  HB 76 – Mariculture Loan Funds, also a UFA supported bill, passed Thursday in Senate Finance and is now in Senate Rules awaiting scheduling for a floor vote.  All three of these bills were sponsored by Representative Dan Ortiz and kudos should be given to Rep. Ortiz and his staff for their hard work supporting commercial fishing. We are still tracking several bills and will be monitoring them closely next week. -Frances Leach, Executive...
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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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UFA Legislative Update: April 27, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, We apologize we didn’t get a legislative update out last Friday.  We were too busy at the legislature with our eyes on HB 231- the CFEC Restructuring bill that was amended and attached to SB 37- a senate pharmacy board bill. The amendments made to HB 231 were significant enough that it garnered our attention and we worked hard alerting members and member groups of these changes. In short, SB 37 as amended would have removed the position of the CFEC Executive Director and also put the commissioners on unequal footing for pay. After two attempts on the house floor last week to amend or pass the bill out, an amended version was passed on Monday that keeps the Executive Director role as a possibility and put the commissioners on equal pay. The bill received concurrence in the senate to the new...
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UFA Legislative Update: April 13, 2018

Dear UFA Members and Friends, It’s spring which means many of you are getting your boats ready for the summer season and/or participating in spring fisheries throughout the state.  It also means the legislature is entering their final push to the finish line. HB 199 was the primary focus of House Fisheries this week with three scheduled times for public testimony.  Listening to the testimony, there were numerous commercial fishermen around the state who called in to testify, with the majority of them in support of the bill. The joint House and Senate confirmation hearing for governor appointees was held on Tuesday, April 10.  Both Al Cain and Orville Huntington were confirmed to the Board of Fisheries to serve another term, and Dale Kelley and Fate Putman were confirmed as CFEC Commissioners. Lastly, I would like to take a moment in this Legislative Update to recognize our outgoing UFA President, Jerry McCune. Jerry is...
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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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