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Commercial fishermen and seafood processors partner with the State of Alaska to purchase the latest sonar technology.

By Copper River / Prince William Sound Marketing Association

The addition of state of the art sonar was made possible by a one-time collaboration between the State of Alaska and the seafood industry. Between February and March 2018, Copper River and Prince William Sound commercial gillnet salmon fishermen and their buyers agreed to assist Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the purchase of the fourth ARIS sonar unit to be installed at the Miles Lake sonar station.

Copper River salmon fishermen pay a 1% marketing tax that funds a regional seafood development association (RSDA), the Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association (CR/PWSMA). The Association and its members contributed $75,000 to the purchase of the ARIS. Cordova District Fishermen United (CDFU), the fisherman’s advocacy organization for the Prince William Sound area, contributed $7000 to the purchase from the gillnet division of their membership. Salmon buyers in the Copper River District also contributed significant funds to the project; Copper River Seafoods, North Pacific, Ocean Beauty, Trident Seafoods each came to the purchase with $6375 while Alaska Wild Seafood contributed $2500. In all, Copper River fishermen contributed $82,000 to the purchase that will benefit all resource management, subsistence, sport and commercial.

Salmon Jam offers many events for youngsters

"Educational activities for the young and young at heart, from fish printing to face painting to learning about salmon ecology. Cordova District Fishermen United provides a fillet demonstration for the public, producing two fillets from a whole sockeye salmon. This event occurs annually with the help of local processors fillet experts at Salmon Jam, the main fundraising event for Cordova Arts and Pageants." 

Drift fishermen donate hundreds of Copper River sockeye

"Traditions – Alaska is steeped in them. Cordova has its fair share, but a favorite is Cordova District Fishermen United’s Senior Salmon Day.

Copper River salmon drift fishermen donate hundreds of Copper River sockeye each year, in times both lean and plenty. Local processors and community volunteers pitch in too, because even in Cordova, home to the Copper River fishing fleet, there are many households without access to those prized fish.Luckily, fishermen are a generous bunch, and CDFU helps to harness that generosity by hosting an annual sidewalk giveaway for community elders age 60 and up."

Published by The Cordova Times, 30th of June 2017

Fish to School Luncheon celebrates strategic community partnerships

 

"...Did anyone think at that time that school lunches would evolve to include Copper River salmon, a dish that consumers pay top dollar to enjoy in fancy restaurants around the world? Thanks to the efforts of local fishermen, processors, school chef Sandie Ponte and facilitation by Cordova District Fishermen United, Cordova students enjoy local seafood on a weekly basis."

Published by the Cordova Times, 5th of May 2017

City pursues support for south harbor rebuild

In January of  2017 Cordova's Mayor published an article on actions that were being taken to achieve a rebuild of Cordova's south harbor supported and assisted by CDFU's Executive Director.  Published by the Cordova Times, 20th Jan. 2017