Archives for September 2015

United Fishermen of Alaska seeks new executive director

From UFA:                       UFA

Executive Director Job Description — Position open until filled. The Executive Director is the chief administrative officer of the organization. The Executive Director must maintain a thorough understanding of all UFA business and activities in order to assist the UFA President, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors in planning, developing, implementing and evaluating positions, programs and courses of action.

The Executive Director reports to the President, and serves under the guidance of the UFA Board of Directors and shall carry out the objectives of UFA through communications with legislative and administrative government, private agencies, fishing organizations, individual fishermen, media and other external contacts.

The Executive Director shall assist the UFA President, Executive Committee, and the UFA Board in the development and appropriate dissemination of UFA external positions and internal policies and is responsible for alerting the UFA Board regarding possible “issues” and proposed positions for UFA. The Executive Director shall be responsible for internal communication with UFA member organizations and the UFA membership.

The Executive Director serves as a non-voting ex-officio member of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and all standing committees of UFA. Lobbying and Communications The Executive Director shall coordinate UFA lobbying activities at the direction of the UFA President. The Executive Director shall plan and organize meetings with elected officials and agency staff and UFA board members as needed to further establish legislative objectives. It is expected that such duties during legislative session are likely to surpass the threshold for lobbying activity, so E.D. should expect to register as a lobbyist with the State of Alaska Public Offices Commission.

Read more here:   UFA director job

To Apply: Applications including resume, cover letter, and at least one example of a written letter of advocacy should be mailed to United Fishermen of Alaska, PO Box 20229, Juneau AK 99802-0229, or emailed to (please include Employment Application in the subject line).

October is National Seafood Month! Is your community celebrating?

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October is National Seafood Month

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This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Is your town celebrating seafood month?  I’ll tell you more after this —

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October is National Seafood Month – a distinction proclaimed by Congress more than  a quarter century ago to recognize one of our nation’s oldest industries.

Government figures show that nationwide, the seafood industry contributes $60 billion to the U.S. economy each year.

Pacific salmon, sea scallops, shrimp and lobster contributed the most to total revenue. For poundage, Alaska pollock, menhaden and Pacific salmon accounted for more than half of the US fish landed.

Alaska deserves special merit during Seafood Month, as it produces more than 60% of our nation’s seafood – more than all the other states combined.

The seafood industry is Alaska’s number one private employer – it puts more people to work than oil and gas, mining, timber and tourism combined.  And Alaska’s seafood industry ranks second only to Big Oil for the tax dollars it pumps into state coffers.

Americans eat about 16 pounds of seafood per person each year.   That compares to more than 108 pounds of red meat and nearly 73 pounds of poultry. America’s seafood favorites have remained largely the same. The top five are shrimp, canned tuna, salmon, pollock and tilapia.

America’s seafood appetite is being fed mostly by foreign imports– more than 80 percent of all fish and shellfish eaten in the U.S. comes from other countries.

Speaking of other countries — that 16 pounds of seafood that Americans eat pales when compared to other parts of the world.  The Japanese, for example, eat 146 pounds of seafood per person each year. U.N. figures show that  it is 186 pounds in Greenland and more than 200 pounds per person in Iceland.

The country with the lowest seafood consumption is Afghanistan at zero.

And where in the world is the most seafood eaten? The South Pacific islands of Tokelau where each person eats more than 440 pounds of seafood every year.

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Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. ( In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.