Who We Are

UFA’s Mission

To promote and protect the common interest of Alaska’s commercial fishing industry, as a vital component of Alaska’s social and economic well-being.


  • State management of salmon fisheries.
  • Escapement goal management (Biological Escapement Goals).
  • Local management that is adaptive and abundance based.
  • Use of Commissioner’s EO authority on an active basis for the local management of a fishery.
  • Mixed stock management.


  • Promote positive relations between industry sectors.
  • Support all commercial gear types and remain neutral on allocative issues between commercial gear groups.
  • Protect industry from attacks through initiatives, legislation, etc.
  • Promote industry safety.
  • Promote healthy fishery resources by supporting research and habitat protection.
  • Support adequate funding for fishery research, management and enforcement.


  • Oppose fish farming.
  • Support development of new fisheries.
  • Educate industry, government and the public.
  • Support efforts to increase consumption of Alaska seafood.
  • Promote quality standards – harvester to consumer.
  • Protect consumer access to seafood by maintaining a stable supply of product to processors.
  • UFA policy for healthy and sustainable management of fisheries


Tracy Welch, Executive Director

Scott Kelley, Office Manager