Directory of Fishermen's Organizations

Alaska Crab Coalition
3901 Leary Way N.W. #6, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 547-7560 • Fax: (206) 547-0130
Lance Farr, President
Arni Thomson, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1986
The ACC is a registered non-profit trade association in Washington, Alaska and Oregon. Primary goals are promotion of conservation, rebuilding and long-term sustained yields of king and tanner and snow crab resources of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation
431 W. Seventh Avenue, Suite 106
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907-276-7315 • Fax: 907-276-7311
James Browning, Executive Director
Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is embarking on its 32nd year of working on behalf of the fishing industry in Alaska. We have a long track record of working with Federal and state fisheries management agencies, the fishing industry, and the scientific community to find ways to bring greater economic value and conservation.

Alaska Independent Fishermen’s Marketing Assn.
P.O. Box 60131, Seattle, WA 98160
Phone/Fax: (206) 542-3930
David Harsila, President
Year Founded: 1966
Number of Members: 300
Annual Dues: $300
AIFMA’s mission is to protect the renewable salmon resource and promote economic sustainability for commercial salmon permit holders in Bristol Bay. AIFMA has worked for over 40 years in political and regulatory arenas. The association strives to improve salmon quality and encourages expansion of fresh/frozen sockeye salmon markets in the United States.
AIFMA is working with other bay groups to establish a buyback program. AIFMA also offers an excellent marine insurance program.

Alaska Independent Tendermens Association
P.O. Box 431
Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: 907-518-1724
Year Founded: 2003
Number of members: 80
The Alaska Independent Tendermens Association (AITA) was formed in 2003 by a group of tender owners and operators. These Tendermen recognize the need to establish an organization of professionals with a common interest.
Fish tendering in Alaska has been around as long as there has been commercial fishing. AITA is organized exclusively for promoting the common business interest of its members, independent vessel owners and operators, and to serve as one voice in the Alaska commercial fishing industry.

Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Assn.
P.O. Box 1229, Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-3400 • Fax: (907) 747-3462
Steve Fish, President
Linda Behnken, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1978
Number of Members: 100
Annual Dues: $100-$1000, depending on membership level
Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association (ALFA) is a non-profit association of independent commercial longline vessel owners and crewmembers who are committed to continuing the sustainable harvest of sablefish, halibut, and groundfish, while supporting healthy marine ecosystems and strong coastal communities through resource stewardship and participation in federal, state, and local forums.

Alaska Marine Conservation Council
P.O. Box 101145, Anchorage, AK 99510-1145
(907) 277-5357 • Fax: (907) 277-5975
Kelly Harrell,, Executive Director
Number of Members: 900
Membership Dues: $25
The Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) is a community-based organization of fishermen, subsistence users, small business owners, and coastal residents who are dedicated to protecting the integrity of Alaska’s marine ecosystems and sustaining the working waterfronts of our coastal communities.

Alaska Marine Safety Education Assn.
2924 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-3287 • Fax: (907) 747-3259
Jerry Dzugan, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1985
Number of Members: 100
AMSEA is a community-based organization composed of fishermen, subsistence users, processors and others providing safety training to reduce deaths and injuries of commercial fishermen and to meet Coast Guard requirements for commercial fishing vessels.

Alaska Marketing Assn.
4917 Leary Ave. N.W., Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 784-8948 • Fax: (206) 784-9813
Jake Jacobsen, Manager
The AMA represents the Bering Sea crab fishing fleet with the purpose of securing fair and equitable ex-vessel prices.

Alaska Trollers Assn.
130 Seward Street #205, Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-9400 • Fax: (907) 586-4473
Dale Kelley, Executive Director
David Otte, President
Year Founded: 1925
Number of Members: 450
Annual Dues: $300 power troll and associate; $200 hand troll; $75 crew
ATA was formed in 1925 to represent Alaska salmon trollers. Since that time, ATA has seen the fleet through many significant events, from Statehood to the advent of Limited Entry, the Pacific Salmon Treaty, and the Endangered Species Act.
ATA members elect 12 power and up to 2 hand troll representatives who serve for two-year terms. The board seats are geographically assigned. ATA primarily represents trollers, but works on behalf of the entire industry through many collaborative efforts.

Alaska whitefish trawlers Assn.
P.O. Box 991, Kodiak, AK 99615-0788
(907) 486-3910 • Fax: (907) 486-6292
Al Burch, Executive Director
Bob Krueger, President
Year Founded: Late 1960s, Incorporated 1974
Number of Members: 45 boats
Annual Dues: 0.5% of vessel income, $2,500 max
The Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association represents trawl fishermen working out of Kodiak. It has established itself as an effective organization, holding many state and federal positions that allow it to fully represent the Kodiak groundfish fleet and support the community’s fishing interests.

American Fisheries Society, Alaska Chapter
P.O. BOX 672302
Chugiak, AK 99567-2302 
Audra Brase, President
Trent Sutton, President-Elect
Founded: 1870
The American Fisheries Society (AFS), founded in 1870, is the oldest and largest professional society representing fisheries scientists. AFS promotes scientific research and enlightened management of resources for optimum use and enjoyment by the public. It also encourages a comprehensive education for fisheries scientists and continuing on-the-job training.

At-sea Processors Assn.
P.O. Box 32817, Juneau, AK 99803
(907) 523-0970 • Fax (907) 523-0798
Stephanie Madsen, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1985
APA represents U.S.-flag at-sea processing vessels that participate in the groundfish fisheries of the North Pacific. O
ur principal fishery is the midwater pollock fishery. APA is committed to working with fishery managers, scientists, and our colleagues to ensure the continued health of our marine ecosystems.

Bering Sea Fishermen’s Assn.
110 W. 15th Avenue
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 279-6519 • (888) 927-2732
Fax: (907) 258-6688
Karen Gillis, Executive Director
Incorporated: 1980
Communities Represented: 192
Represented Population: 114,000+
BSFA began in 1979 with 150 fishermen from western Alaska. These fishermen united to become involved in fisheries that were developing in their backyard, and build an organization that was concerned with helping fishermen gain full economic benefits from existing commercial fisheries. BSFA is governed by a board made up of fishermen from Bristol Bay, Yukon, Kuskokwim, Norton Sound, Kotzebue and St. Paul.

Bristol Bay Driftnetters Assn.
2408 Nob Hill North
Seattle, WA 98109-2048
(206) 285-1111 • Fax: (206) 284-1110
Dan Barr, President
Year Founded: 1985
BBDA is an association working to enhance the salmon resources of Bristol Bay. The association serves as a forum and voice for Bristol Bay fishermen with many different agencies and organizations, including the Alaska Board of Fish.

Concerned Area M Fishermen
35717 Walkabout Road, Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-2631
Steve Brown, President
Year Founded: 1984
Number of Members 80+
Annual Dues: $500 permit holder; $50 associate.
CAMF represents the Area M driftnet fleet at Board of Fisheries meetings. We are a group member of UFA and continually work with ASMI and Area M processors to improve product quality in Area M and all of Alaska.

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Assn.
40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road
Kenai, AK 99611
(907) 283-5761 • Fax: (907) 283-9433 
Brent Johnson, President
Gary Fandrei, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1976
A non-profit corporation founded by commercial fishermen to engage in salmon enhancement activities throughout the Cook Inlet watershed and to contribute fish to the common-property fisheries. Activities include lake fertilization, stocking, hatchery operation, and construction of fish ladders, flow-control devices and spawning channels.

Cordova District Fishermen United
P.O. Box 939, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-3447 • Fax: (907) 424-3430 
Jerry McCune, President
Rochelle van den Broek, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1935
Number of Members: 275
CDFU represents all the gear types in Area E: seine, gillnet, groundfish, set net and pound. CDFU’s mission is to preserve and protect Alaska’s Area E fisheries and promote safety at sea. Our priorities are the legislative and regulatory arenas and promoting the benefits of our healthy, wild-caught fish.

Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific
5215 Ballard Ave. N.W., Suite 1
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-2922 • Fax: (206) 783-5811 
Jan Standaert, President
Sara Chapman, Operations Manager
Year Founded: 1912
DSFU, the oldest union of crew members and skippers in the North Pacific, represents the longline schooner fleet crewmen under a Set Line Agreement with the FVOA and crab crewmen along the West Coast. The union’s goals are straightforward and practical: fair wages; improved benefits; access to IFQ loan programs; proper long-term management of resources for healthy fisheries; fair and straightforward treatment of vessel, skipper and crew; professional work standards; and the prerogative of fishermen to stand together.
The union’s long-range vision is to serve as the umbrella organization for all fixed-gear fishermen. Toward that end, the union has an expanding associate membership and has increased its political activity.

Fishing Vessel Owners’ Assn.
Room 232, West Wall Bldg.
4005 – 20th Ave. W., Seattle, WA 98199-1290
(206) 284-4720 • Fax: (206) 283-3341 
Eric Olsen, President
Robert D. Alverson, General Manager
Year Founded: 1914
Number of Members: 85
FVOA is a trade association representing Seattle-based longliners. The association promotes longlining as a habitat-safe harvest method and continues its effort to minimize bycatch in all North Pacific fisheries.

Freezer-Longline Coalition
2303 W. Commodore Way 202
Seattle, WA, 98199
(206) 284-2522 • (206) 284-2902
Kenny Down, Executive Director
Year Founded: 2008
Number of Members:: 11
The Freezer-Longline Coalition is a nonprofit trade group promoting sustainable fishing practices.

Groundfish Forum
4241 21st Ave. W., Suite 302
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 213-5270 • Fax: (206) 213-5272 
Year Founded: 1996
Number of Members: Six
The Groundfish Forum is a trade association representing six trawl companies with a total of 17 head-and-gut vessels, which catch and process groundfish in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska. Our mission is to craft meaningful solutions to issues such as discards, incidental catches, and impact on habitat, and to inform government officials of the economic contribution of the head-and-gut fleet to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

Halibut Assn.
of North America
P.O. Box 872, Deming, WA 98244
(360) 592-3116 •
Blake Tipton, President
Executive Director: Peggy Parker
Year Founded: 1961
This trade association of halibut processors in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia works for a sustainable Pacific halibut fishery and represents the industry’s interests in regulatory, management, and marketing policy matters.

Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Assn.
43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite F
Soldotna, AK 99669-8276
(907) 262-2492 • Fax: (907) 262-2898
Rob Williams, President
Year Founded: 1954
KPFA’s main goal is Ensuring the Sustainability of our Fishery Resource. We strive to be fair and accessible to all fisheries gear types and areas within Cook Inlet waters. A non-profit association, we are operating under the rules governing a trade association. Primarily a set-net representation organization, we do not restrict membership to any one gear type. KPFA is actively involved with the community groups. We believe the primary focus of revitalization should take into consideration the social, historical and economic concerns of the regional commercial fishing families.

Kodiak Fishermen’s Wives & Associates
Box 467, Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-8085 • Fax (907) 486-8090
Colleen Newman, President
ed by local fishermen’s wives, this community service group works with others close to the Kodiak commercial fishing industry to promote the consumption of Alaska seafood and foster safety within the fleet. In addition, the group maintains the Kodiak Fishermen’s Memorial, and sponsors an annual memorial service and survival suit race during the Kodiak Crab Festival.

Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Assn.
104 Center Ave. Suite 205
Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-6555 • Fax: (907) 486-4105 
Kevin Brennan, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1983
Number of Members: 611
KRAA is composed of 611 CFEC permit holders dedicated to the stabilization of Kodiak’s salmon production. The association funds numerous salmon enhancement tasks in the Kodiak area. Long-term production goals are addressed through three strategies: 1) improved management and research, 2) rehabilitation of depressed wild stocks and supplemental production, and 3) salmon habitat monitoring, improvement and protection.

Kodiak Seine Boat Owners Assn.
P.O. Box 1035, Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-3453 • Fax: (907) 486-8362
Jeff Stephan, Manager
Year Founded: 1989
KSBOA, a subsidiary of the United Fishermen’s Marketing Association, represents Kodiak seiners before governmental and other entities with regard to important legislative, regulatory, research, management, political, quality and marketing issues that affect the economic welfare of Kodiak seiners.

Kvichak Setnetters’ Assn.
P.O. Box 92105, Anchorage, AK 99509
(907) 277-0187
Year Founded: 1992
Dues: Members, $150; Crew, $25; Auxiliary Member by donation

Maritime Event Center
2211 Alaskan Way, Pier 66, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 441-6666 • Fax: (206) 441-6665 
Ryan Atkins, Director, Friends of Maritime/Maritiem Event Center
Year Founded: 2009
The Maritime Event Center (MEC) opened its doors in May, 2009 in the former Odyssey space at Pier 66. It is operated by Columbia Hospitality Incorporated in conjunction with the Bell Harbor International Conference Center and is being marketed as the “clubhouse” for Puget Sound-based commercial maritime and fishing organizations including supporting educational, government and nonprofit groups. In addition to its use as a maritime event center, the MEC has formed a partnership with an IRS certified, tax exempt nonprofit board of local maritime leaders called the Friends of Maritime (FOM). MEC’s mission is: to serve the region as a meeting place for the commercial maritime including fishing industries, and related education, government and nonprofit organizations, to help raise the visibility of the maritime within the Puget Sound community; be a venue for educating primary and secondary students about the maritime economic sector, and; help increase public awareness of the importance of the commercial maritime and fishing industries and associated sectors, their historic and cultural foundations and the variety of careers they offer.

Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Assn.
1308 Sawmill Creek Rd., Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-6850 • Fax: (907) 747-1470 
Steve Reifenstuhl, General Manager
Year Founded: 1977
Number of Members: All Southeast Alaska salmon permit holders
NSRAA is the Regional Aquaculture Association for northern Southeast Alaska. NSRAA operates Hidden Falls and Medvejie hatcheries, and the Deer Lake coho-rearing project, four spawning channels, incubation boxes in Haines and works cooperatively on a number of projects with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. Additional information is available on the NSRAA website and in its newsletter.

North Pacific Fisheries Assn.
Box 796, Homer, AK 99603
(907) 235-1091 
Buck Laukitis, President
Year Founded: 1955
Number of Members:
NPFA is a non-specific gear group working politically in areas of resource management, fisheries conservation, and public awareness of commercial fishing interests and contributions.

North Pacific Fishing Vessel Owners’ Assn.
Vessel Safety Program
1900 W. Emerson, Suite 101
Fishermen’s Terminal
Seattle, WA 98119
(206) 285-3383 • Fax: (206) 286-9332 
Karen Conrad, Executive Director
Tim Vincent, President
Year Founded: 1985 (non-profit since 1969)
Number of Members:
Annual Dues: $75-$600
The NPFVOA Vessel Safety Program is a non-profit association dedicated to safety education and training for the commercial fishing industry and other mariners. NPFVOA’s program offers hands-on Coast Guard approved safety courses; customized and portable safety training; and regular seminars on relevant industry topics. NPFVOA also provides a wide range of safety-related educational materials, including DVDs and the Vessel Safety Manual.

North Pacific Gillnet Alliance
2408 Nob Hill North,
Seattle, WA 98109-2048
(206) 285-1111 • Fax: (206) 284-1110
Dan Barr, Chairman
Year Founded: 1991
The NPGA addresses the common concerns and needs of gillnet fishermen on the West Coast. The alliance has been a pioneer in reducing and eliminating high seas salmon interception in the North Pacific and led the effort that secured passage of the High Seas Driftnet Moratorium Enforcement Act.

Northwest Fisheries Asssn.
2208 N.W. Market St., Suite 318,
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 789-6197 • Fax: (206) 789-8147 
Chris Adams, President
Marilyn Klansnic, Manager
Year Founded: 1951
Number of Members: 190
NWFA is an association of primary and secondary seafood processors, brokers, distributors and support industries. Mission Statement: Provide networking opportunities and support to our members in the seafood industry.

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
6730 Martin Way E.,
Olympia, WA 98516-5540
(360) 438-1180 • Fax: (360) 753-8659
Billy Frank Jr., Chairman
Year Founded: 1974
Number of Members: 20 tribes
Assisting treaty Indian tribes in conducting biologically sound fisheries and providing a unified tribal voice on fisheries management issues. The long-term goals of economic stability, renewable resources and regulatory certainty are shared by the tribes, who are working toward their own self-sufficiency.

Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee
2021 Marine Drive, Suite 102
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-2285 • Fax: (503) 325-7012 
Scott McMullen, Chairman
Year Founded: 1998
Number of Members:
The goal of the Oregon Fishermen’s Cable Committee is to promote communication, coordination and cooperation between members of the commercial fishing industry and undersea fiber-optic cable industry so that they can amiably discuss and res
olve concerns. The OFCC works with undersea cable owners to route cables for maximum burial in the fishing grounds and with the fishing industry to safely fish around cables. The OFCC provides submarine cable routes in popular marine navigation software formats to West Coast trawlers.

Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations
P.O. Box 29370
San Francisco, CA 94129-0370
(415) 561-5080 • Fax: (415) 561-5464 
Zeke Grader, Executive Director
Dave Bitts, President
Year Founded: 1976
Number of Members: 22 organizations representing 2,500 individuals
PCFFA is a non-profit umbrella organization representing working men and women in the West Coast commercial fishing fleet. Throughout its history it has been engaged in issues ranging from resource protection (habitat, etc.) to marketing programs, such as establishing the California Salmon Council.

Pacific Seafood Processors Assn.
1900 W. Emerson Place, Suite 205
Seattle, WA 98119-1649
(206) 281-1667 • Fax: (206) 283-2387 
Glenn Reed, President
PSPA, a non-profit trade association, was established in 1914 to address issues of concern to member companies. PSPA encourages conservation, enhancement, and optimal utilization of our renewable fishery resources.

Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative
Washington Business Address
4039 21st Ave. W., Suite 400
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 285-5139
Oregon Business Address
205 S.E. Spokane St., Suite 338
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 238-7492 
Dan Waldeck, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1997
PWCC was formed to promote rational harvest, optimal utilization, and minimal waste in the whiting fishery. PWCC is comprised of three member companies — American Seafoods, Glacier Fish Co., and Trident Seafoods.

Petersburg Vessel Owners Assn.
P.O. Box 232, Petersburg, AK 99833
Phone: (907) 772-9323 • Fax: (907) 772-9323
Julianne Curry, Executive Director
Bryon Pfundt, President
Year Founded: 1954
Number of Members: 87 vessels and 34 business associates
PVOA is a non-profit commercial fishing advocacy group for conservation and rational management of the fisheries resource in the North Pacific. Members participate in salmon, herring, crab, halibut, blackcod, and cod fisheries from Dixon Entrance to the Bering Sea. PVOA actively participates at the NPFMC, IPHC, the Board of Fisheries, in state and federal legislation as well as numerous other fisheries forums. Membership is open to members of all communities.

Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corp.
P.O. Box 1110, Cordova, AK 99574
(907) 424-7511 • Fax: (907) 424-7514 
David Reggiani, General Manager
George Covel, Chairman
Year Founded: 1974
PWSAC is a private non-profit regional aquaculture corporation formed to provide economic stability to Prince William Sound commercial salmon fisheries and added opportunity to the regional sports, subsistence and personal use fisheries.

Purse Seine Vessel Owners’ Assn.
1900 W. Nickerson, Suite 320
Seattle, WA 98119
(888) 284-7733 • Fax: (206) 283-7795
410 Calhoun Ave., Suite 206
Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 523-3004 • Fax: (907) 523-3005 
Bob Kehoe, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1936
Number of Members: 378
PSVOA is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors representing small-boat owners operating throughout the West Coast and Alaska. PSVOA actively participates in the development of federal and state fisheries management plans and related legislative policy. To further these activities, PSVOA manages a group of member-owned affiliates providing a variety of marine insurance services and conducts business in Alaska under the name of Alaska Seine Boat Owners at the above Juneau address.

Seafood Producers Cooperative
2875 Roeder Ave., Suite 2
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 733-0120 • Fax: (360) 733-0513 
Tom McLaughlin, President/CEO
Year Founded: 1944
Number of Members: 520
The mission of Seafood Producers Cooperative is to maintain an opportunity for fishermen to participate in a cooperative organization that provides the processing, marketing and support services which allow members to maximize the benefits of their fishing efforts and provide the consumer with the highest quality seafood possible.

600 Ericksen Avenue NE,
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
(206) 842-3609 • Fax (206) 842-5058 
Jim Harmon, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1994
SeaShare is a national nonprofit hunger-relief organization that links seafood companies and their suppliers to food banks across the country, providing desperately needed, high quality, nutritious seafood to feed the hungry. This effective model has allowed the seafood industry, through SeaShare, to become one of the largest private sources of protein for hunger relief in the United States.

Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial
P.O. Box 17356, Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 782-6577 
Year Founded: 1985
Completed in 1988, the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial is a place of reverence, recognition and healing for the families of more than 675 local commercial fishermen who have lost their lives at sea since the turn of the century. The Memorial’s board of directors is a charitable non-profit organization devoted to promoting safety in fishing and easing the emotional and financial burden of surviving family members. .

Southeast Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance
9369 North Douglas Hwy, Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-6652 • Fax (907) 523-1168 
Kathy Hansen, Executive Director
Year Founded: 2000
SEAFA is a nonprofit, membership based, multi-gear commercial fishing organization designed to assist in maintaining, enhancing and prolonging the longevity of the commercial fishermen, commercial fishing industry, coastal communities and the sustainability of the resources.

Southeast Alaska Seiners Assn.
Box 23081 Juneau, AK 99802
(907) 463-5030 • Fax (907) 463-5083 
Bob Thorstenson Jr., Executive Director
Year Founded: 1968
Seiners founded SEAS, a member-based organization, to promote the vitality of the commercial seine fleet and the sound stewardship of the salmon resource in Southeast Alaska. SEAS is composed of seine skippers, deckhands, and businesses that have an interest in a productive seine fishery. Major issues SEAS will confront include: federal subsistence takeover, Pacific Salmon Treaty negotiations, fishery legislation, Board of Fisheries salmon issues, ADF&G budget, and identifying opp
ortunities that could improve benefits fishermen receive from hatchery programs.

Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Assn.
14 Borch St., Ketchikan, AK 99901
(907) 225-9605 • Fax: (907) 225-1348 
John Burke, General Manager
Year Founded: 1978
Number of Members: All salmon permit holders in southern S.E. districts
The SSRAA was established and funded by salmon fishermen for the purpose of enhancing the endangered salmon stocks in the southern Southeast districts and for monitoring the environment and any activities that may affect the fisheries in those areas. Although there are no dues, the association members voted to impose a 3 percent enhancement tax on themselves. Whenever they sell salmon, this 3 percent tax goes into a state general fund, then the state contracts the money back to the association on a quarterly basis.

United Catcher Boats
4005 20th Ave. W., Suite 116
Fishermen’s Terminal
Seattle, WA 98199
(206) 282-2599 • Fax: (206) 282-2414 
Brent Paine, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1993
Number of Members: 72
United Catcher Boats is a trawl vessel owners’ trade association that represents the interests of the catcher vessel trawl fleet. United Catcher Boats members participate in the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands pollock, p. cod and yellowfin sole trawl fisheries, the Gulf of Alaska pollock, p. Cod, rockfish and sole trawl fisheries, and the West Coast whiting trawl fishery. Goals of the association include: rational fisheries management including support for catch shares and cooperative-based management programs, innovative gear technology, reducing non-target species harvest and maintaining vessel owners’ market share.

United Cook Inlet Drift Assn.
43961 K-Beach Rd., Suite E
Soldotna, AK 99669
(907) 260-9436 • Fax: (907) 260-9438
David Martin, President
Year Founded: 1980
Number of Members: 300
Annual Dues: $200; associate $25
UCIDA serves Cook Inlet drift fishermen by its involvement with the Board of Fisheries, state and federal legislation, political endorsements, marketing, in-season price information, environmental and oil spill concerns.
UCIDA is strongly committed to fighting attacks against the commercial fishing industry in Cook Inlet and Alaska.

United Fishermen of Alaska
211 4th St., Suite 110, Juneau, AK 99801-1172
(907) 586-2820 • Fax: (907) 463-2545 
Arni Thomson, President
Mark Vinsel, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1974
Number of Members: 37 groups plus approximately 500 individual, crew and business members
Annual Dues: individual, $150; crew, $50; lifetime, $1,500; group membership, $2,500; business memberships at $300, $1,000, and $2,000 levels
UFA’s mission is 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. UFA maintains a statewide trade organization with core functions, including legislative presence, communication within the fishing industry, continued access to fisheries resources, and promoting positive public relations for Alaska’s commercial fishermen.
The UFA voting board of directors is composed of representatives from group members and four at-large representatives elected by the individual and lifetime (fishing permit holder) members.

United Fishermen’s Marketing Assn.
P.O. Box 1035, Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-3453 • Fax: (907) 486-8362
Jeff Stephan, Manager
Year Founded: Mid-1930s
UFMA membership includes Pacific cod pot fishermen; crab fishermen; halibut, blackcod and Pacific cod longliners; salmon and herring seiners; and other groundfish harvesters who participate in the diversified fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska and the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands. UFMA represents vessel owners with regard to many important state and federal legislative, regulatory, research, conservation, management, political, quality and marketing issues that affect the economic welfare of member vessels. Issues include crab, groundfish and halibut management, population assessments and other research, habitat protection, bycatch reduction, observer programs, blackcod/halibut IFQ program, IFQ/CDQ fee proposals, inshore/offshore, license limitation, BSAI crab bycatch, etc.

United Southeast Alaska Gillnetters
P.O. Box 20538, Juneau, AK 99802-0538
(907) 586-6550 •
Chris Knight, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1978
Annual Dues: $250 for individual and businesses with 8 employees or fewer; $500 for corporate members
USAG is an association of about 150 men and women who participate in the Southeast Alaska gillnet salmon fishery. USAG promotes and protects the interests of its members by an active involvement in legislation (local, state and national) that affects the gillnet fishery such as allocation, marketing, quality, taxes, safety, environment and enhancement programs. USAG offers a vessel insurance program to members and publishes a biannual newsletter.

Western Fishboat Owners Assn.
P.O. Box 992723, Redding, CA 96099
(530) 229-1097 • Fax: (530) 229-0973 
Wayne Heikkila, Executive Director
Louie Hill, President
Year Founded: 1967
Western Fishboat Owners Association is a California-based non-profit trade association established in 1967, representing approximately 400 albacore tuna troll-vessel owners based in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and British Columbia. These are family-owned boats that fish albacore tuna during summer and fall months. Some fish the South Pacific waters January to April. WFOA’s primary mission is to promote troll-caught albacore tuna through market and management issues. WFOA also manages the affairs of American Fishermen’s Research Foundation.

Women’s Maritime Assn.
1916 Pike Place, #12, PMB 743
Seattle, WA 98101
Answering service: (206) 441-5678 
Year Founded: 1980
Number of Members: 350
Annual Dues: $35
The Women’s Maritime Association is an informational and support network of seafaring women and men. WMA is based in Seattle, with members from all over the United States and several other countries. Our membership includes women who work on ferries, tugs, fishing vessels, deep-sea merchant ships, and yachts as well as women who are seeking employment in the maritime or fishing industries, or who are students in maritime training programs.
WMA’s purpose is to promote communication among women and men in maritime industries. Our newsletter provides a forum for exchanging information on employment, health and safety, training and achievements of our members. As a network, the WMA provides mentoring and leadership, historical references, humor, and camaraderie.

Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Assn.
725 Christensen Drive, Suite 3-B
Anchorage, AK 99501
(907) 272-3141 Fax: (907) 272-3142 
Jill Klein, Executive Director
Year Founded: 1990
Number of Members: 250
The YRDFA hosts a four-day meeting each winter. Its 16-member board works on a consensus basis to craft workable solutions on allocation and management issues confronting this complex fishery. The YRDFA also conducts various projects on salmon bycatch identification, habitat restoration and stock assessment as well as marketing and promotion of Yukon River salmon in the Pacific Northwest. They also publish a quarterly newsletter distributed to over 2,000 commercial and subsistence-fishing households in the drainage.

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Ashley Herriman is the online editor for National Fisherman.

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