CDFU Navigational Buoy & Stake Marker Program

For many years, CDFU has administrated contracting and funding for the annual installation of the navigational stakes and buoys that mark two channels inside the Copper River Delta barrier islands, Pt. Whitshed to Egg Island & Steamboat to Pete Dahl. Stakes are placed to mark the channel between Point Whitshed and Egg Island and buoys are placed through Racetrack to aid in the safe navigation of vessels through these waters.

Over time the cost to maintain this program has substantially increased and CDFU responded by expanding our cooperative partnerships. The Copper River/PWS Marketing Association committed to increase support of this navigational safety and quality assurance program in 2014 & 2015 with a fiscal contribution that effectively covers the portion previously donated by fleet members individually. Local processors, Copper River SeafoodsOcean Beauty Seafoods and Prime Select Seafoods annually support this program as well.

Navigational markers are put in place prior to the first commercial fishing period of the Copper River drift gillnet fishing season, and remain in place for the duration of the commercial fishing season, from approximately May 1 to October 15. Color maps are made available showing the locations of buoys and channel markers, and provide members with the longitude and latitude numbers for entry into GPS units. These maps are available online or from the CDFU office after May 10.

Fish Prom Education & Outreach Fundraiser, Dinner and Silent Auction

CDFU believes that education is key - it is the youth of today that promise a strong future for tomorrow.  Every two years, CDFU hosts the Fish Prom dinner to raise funds for education programs, including a robust scholarship program. Scholarships are awarded to individuals seeking further education, with a vested interest in our fishery, the community of Cordova and the Prince William Sound region.

  • Cordova's Largest Silent Auction
  • Spin the Fish Wheel of Fortune                  
  • Desserts up for grabs by some of Cordova's most esteemed bakers        

CDFU Scholarship Program

CDFU believes in the importance of fostering the growth and education of our youth.
Using funds raised through donations from the fleet, and during CDFU's biennial Fish Prom fundraiser, CDFU is
able to offer scholarships to dependents of CDFU members and the youth of Cordova.

Eligible applicants seeking further education in any field are invited to apply for CDFU scholarships.
Applicants will be competing for one of 3 scholarships as follows:

1 x $2,000 award~ Robert H. Blake Memorial Scholarship
1 x $1,000 awards ~ General CDFU award
1 x $500 award ~ Steve R. Smith Memorial Scholarship