Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armed Forces Combat Fishing Tournament

Craig Medred has a nice write up of the annual event where generous Seward charter captains take enlisted service personnel stationed in Alaska out for some halibut fishing.

"With the tournament now the largest military appreciation fishing event in the country, more than a few businesses throughout the broader Prince William Sound area have been joining in, and there is goodly bit of financial support from the state’s largest city.

"An April auction in Anchorage raised almost $50,000 for the event.

"The money helps fund free and low-cost programs the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska provides military personnel. Not many of those programs can top a free-of-charge chance to go chase the biggest of big Alaska fish in an event where everyone goes home a winner."

Steve Wackowski appointed Senior Advisor for Alaska Affairs at the Dept. of Interior

"WASHINGTON — Steve Wackowski, who led Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 campaign for re-election, will serve as a senior adviser for Alaska affairs for the Department of Interior, Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday.

Wackowski will work for the Interior Department from Anchorage, which marks a shift from the previous administration, when former Alaska adviser Kim Steven Elton worked from Washington, D.C.

Zinke made the announcement as he continued a trip around the state that began over the weekend.

Wackowski previously worked on Murkowski's 2010 campaign; he was Sen. Ted Stevens' last press secretary, and also worked on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee before moving back to Alaska.

Wackowski graduated from Bartlett High School in Anchorage, and worked for his family's halibut and salmon sport-fishing business in Ninilchik, according to the Interior Department. He attended Saint Mary's College in California, and currently serves as a major in the Air Force Reserve."

Full article at the Alaska Daily News.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Meet Our Board Members

The Alaska Charter Association benefits from a solid board of directors, who over the years have volunteered countless hours to ensure the future of our fisheries and the health of the charter industry. Representing ports across Alaska, and a wide array of business models including six-pack charters to full-service lodges, these volunteers each bring a unique perspective to the board of directors. We introduce you to the current board in recognition of their service because you might want to thank them for their work by becoming a member of the Alaska Charter Association.

A lot of us gripe and moan about the rules and regulations but we know the only way to improve things is to get involved. Not everyone can commit the time necessary to attend the regulatory meetings but everyone can tip the scales and improve our odds by supporting the people who do act on our behalf. Joining the Alaska Charter Association is the first step because if you read this far, you have an interest in the outcome, just like the owners of hundreds of Alaskan charter vessels, and thousands of recreational anglers who support them. We've asked the Board of Directors to talk about why they are involved. Have a look, and thank them all for their work.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Chris Oliver increasingly likely to get NMFS top job

John Sackton, News

"Chris Oliver, the executive director of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), appears to have the inside track to become the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, the head of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Oliver has had widespread support from a range of seafood industry groups around the country, based on his long history as a successful leader of the NPFMC.

The latest talk within the industry is that Oliver is indeed the pick that the Commerce Department has submitted to the White House. The recommendation still has to get White House approval, and also a congressional approval of the nomination is needed...."