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CDFU's history and Involvement

A video interview with one of CDFU's past Executive Directors sharing and overview of what we do and our history. 

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

North Pacific council takes first step in creating salmon plan

"A lot of new faces are coming to the table at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, and not a lot of them are happy about it. Fishermen who had never previously been involved with the council now have to show up to have a hand in how their fisheries will be incorporated into a federal fishery management plan, or FMP."

Published by Alaska Journal of Commerce, 7th of Apr. 2017

Flying fish: Prized king salmon arrive to market by Boeing 737

Only about 18 hours earlier, that same Copper River king salmon started its journey from sea to Seattle in the coastal community of Cordova, Alaska -- about 1,300 miles north of Seattle. Accessible only by air or boat, the town is flanked by snow-capped peaks while the pristine waters of Prince William Sound lap at its feet.The town was originally settled in 1909 as a copper and oil shipping hub. These days, however, it's all about the fish.

"The mainstay of the whole economy is commercial fishing," Jerry McCune, President of the Cordova District Fishermen United union, says of the town's 2,000 year-round residents. "Everybody has some kind of tie."

Published by USA Today, 20th of May 2015