The United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), the largest statewide commercial fishing industry trade association representing 36 member organizations, announces the re-election of Mr. Jerry McCune of Cordova District Fishermen United as President. President McCune will be joined by new Executive Committee members Mr. Chip Treinen of Southeast Herring Conservation Alliance as Vice President, Mr. Chad See of Freezer Longline Coalition as Secretary & Treasurer, Mr. Ian Pitzman of United Cook Inlet Drift Association as the At-Large Executive Committee member, Mr. Bob Kehoe of Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as co-Administration chair, Ms. Dale Kelley of Alaska Trollers Association as Fish Farm & Environmental committee chair, and Mr. Steve Reifenstuhl of Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association who will serve as the new Subsistence chair.
The six new Executive Committee members will complement existing members Duncan Fields of Cape Barnabas, Inc. (co-Administration chair), Gary Fandrei of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (Enhancement chair), Bruce Schactler at-large from Kodiak (Marketing chair), Stephanie Madsen of At-sea Processors Association (National chair), and Mark Gleason of Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers (PR & Membership chair).
Continuing on for the second year of a two year term are UFA’s four at-large board representatives: Kevin Adams, a Bristol Bay gillnetter who resides in Anchorage, Clay Bezenek of Ketchikan, Victor Jones of Cordova, and Bruce Schactler a salmon and herring seiner of Kodiak. UFA’s four at-large board seats help represent the association’s 400 individual and lifetime members on the UFA board.
“It is an honor to continue to serve as UFA’s president and to help make Alaska’s fishing industry more visible. Through the strength of our board and our revitalized Executive Committee, UFA works to promote Alaska’s largest private sector employer. I look forward to continuing to protect Alaska’s fishing families,” said President McCune.