Written by Jes Hathaway
As of Jan. 1, Julianne Curry will serve as the new executive director of the United Fishermen of Alaska.
UFA is a statewide commercial fishing trade association, and Curry has served as a leader of its member group the Petersburg Vessel Owners' Association for the last six years.
“I am excited and honored for the privilege of representing UFA. The fishing industry is one of Alaska’s primary economic drivers and employs thousands of individuals throughout the State. I am looking forward to helping UFA promote the fishing industry and provide a voice for Alaska’s largest private sector employer,” said Curry.
Curry succeeds Mark Vinsel, who has served in the executive position since 2004 after three years as UFA office manager and will transition back to an administrative role.
UFA President Arni Thomson has stepped down after nearly three years as UFA president, effective today. UFA Vice President Bruce Wallace will serve as interim President until the full board elects a successor at its February meeting. The UFA Executive Committee has named Paul Shadura to serve as interim V.P. until that time as well.
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