The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association recently announced that Grant Mirick has been hired to lead all of APICDA’s seafood operations and assume responsibility for the overall success of quality, production and sales throughout our family of vertically integrated companies.

APICDA is one of six Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Corporations established in 1992. The CDQ program allocates a percentage of all Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands quotas for groundfish, halibut and crab to eligible CDQ Groups.

According to a press release, Mirick has extensive experience in all aspects of the fishing industry in Alaska and Washington, in addition to a background in sales and value added product development in China, Japan and Thailand. He most recently served at Welmar Pacific as their Vice President of Operations. Mirick is very comfortable working for an organization dedicated to community development; he spent 13 years at Kodiak Salmon Packers’ facility in Larsen Bay, Alaska and was responsible for community outreach and joint projects for the village.  

“Grant is going to be a good fit for APICDA. He has all the practical experience necessary in the industry to succeed in his new role and embraces our charitable purpose to strengthen the local economies of our member communities.  Grant is well prepared to meet the challenges of this position that oversees APICDA’s subsidiaries that include Cannon Fish Company, APICDA Vessels, Inc., Bering Pacific Seafoods and Atka Pride Seafoods,” explained APICDA CEO Larry Cotter.  

APICDA’s purpose is to develop stable local economies based upon the fishing industry in each of our communities. Stable economies provide employment opportunities for local residents, tax revenue for local governments, economic growth in the community and region, a higher standard of living and a reduction in social problems.                                                                         

Samuel Hill is the former associate editor for National Fisherman. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture.

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