UFA, ASMI, Safety and More News

4 Nov

UFA. USAG is a member of United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA) and have a seat on its board of directors. UFA’s held its bi-yearly meeting in Petersburg last week. Alaska’s tight financial situation and how to work through it was a main topic throughout as we heard from speakers associated with Fish and Game, the Lt. Governor’s Office, University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Department of Revenue, Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Alaska Division of Economic Development, Senator Murkowski’s office, and Coast Guard, UFA still needs a new Executive Director. Here’s a news story about the 3-day meeting: http://www.kfsk.org/2015/11/02/alaska-budget-cuts-lead-to-less-fishing-opportunity/

Going to Expo? If you haven’t registered you can do so here: http://www.pacificmarineexpo.com/

Safety. No commercial fishing fatalities in Alaska this year! Salmon is reported to be our ‘deadliest catch’. http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-10-21/alaska-goes-full-year-without-fishing-fatality-first-time

Prices. More affirmations that our prices were low: http://www.alaskajournal.com/2015-10-28/fish-factor-second-largest-salmon-haul-doesn%E2%80%99t-measure-value

B.C. Mining Update: http://www.petroleumnews.com/pntruncate/41931128.shtml

ASMI. Our state’s marketing organization has a new executive director: http://fnonlinenews.blogspot.com/2015/10/new-asmi-executive-director.html

Mislabeling Salmon. Sad to know that our salmon continues to not be properly labeled in the US marketplace: http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/10/28/salmon-fraud?cmpid=foodinc-fb

Cynthia Wallesz
Executive Director
United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters
PO Box 2196
Petersburg, AK 99833