Press Release: New UFA Salmon Habitat Program Kicks Off with Survey of Commercial Fishermen

Press Release 2016-3
For Immediate Release: July 26, 2016

CONTACT:
Lindsey Bloom,
UFA Board Member & Program Manager,
(907) 723-3662

New UFA Salmon Habitat Program Kicks Off with Survey of Commercial Fishermen 
Survey Takers Enter to Win $500 Alaska Airlines or $200 LFS Gift Cards 

JUNEAU – United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) is kicking off a new program to connect Alaska commercial fishermen with useful and timely news about the health of the salmon runs that sustain the industry. Called the Salmon Habitat Information Program, or SHIP, UFA is starting with an opinion survey – with hefty prizes – for commercial fishermen.

“UFA hopes the Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) will be a valuable resource for info about the health of salmon habitat that fishermen depend on. We believe that, working together, fishermen can be powerful advocates for pro-salmon policies that ensure commercial fishing jobs remain strong for generations to come,” said Lindsey Bloom, UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP) Manager.

UFA is kicking off SHIP with an opinion survey because the organization wants to hear from commercial fishermen about Alaska salmon habitat and important issues.

“I want to invite all Alaska fishermen to steer the SHIP project by taking a short survey on what’s important about salmon habitat,” said Bloom. “That way, commercial fishermen can ensure the information SHIP shares is useful and relevant.”

Each Alaska commercial fisherman or family member completing the survey is entered to win a $500 Alaska Airlines or $200 LFS gift card. Additional entries will be given to people who ‘like’ the SHIP Facebook page and share the survey socially.

“UFA wants to recognize the wisdom and knowledge fishermen have about their fishing grounds,” noted Bloom. “I know a $500 Alaska Airlines or $200 LFS gift card can be very useful for end-of season maintenance or getting crewmembers home from fishing.”

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Take the survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UFAhabitat. Survey closes Labor Day.

Connect with and use images from UFA’s Salmon Habitat Information Program (SHIP):

• Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/UFAAlaskaSalmonHabitat/

• Website – http://www.ufafish.org/salmon-habitat/ 

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