Finfish issues on tap at Valdez Dec. 1-5

Over 50 proposals regarding Prince William Sound and Upper Copper and Susitna river finfish issues will be under consideration at the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Valdez Dec. 1-5, including 10 specifically related to the Copper River commercial salmon fishery.

Proposal 28, from the gillnet division of Cordova District Fishermen United proposes the repeal of mandatory inside waters commercial salmon fishery closures under the Copper River King Salmon Management Plan.

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

Seafood harvesters group opposes bill focused on recreational fishing

"A new bill focused on recreational fishing has drawn strong opposition from the nation’s largest organization of commercial seafood harvesters.The Seafood Harvesters of America  (which CDFU is a part of) claims that the bill would hamstring federal regional fishery councils’ ability to manage the fishery sector and most species, while also limiting the ability to innovate new solutions to overfishing."

Published by Portland Press Herald, 10th of Apr. 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

BOF approves PWS tanner crab harvest strategy

"Harvest strategies for tanner crab fisheries in Prince William Sound have been approved by the Alaska Board of Fisheries, clearing the way for commercial, sport and subsistence harvests when the crab meet abundance thresholds. Proposal 268, submitted by Cordova District Fishermen United to the Board of Fisheries, amends regulations for Tanner crab in Prince William Sound specifying conditions under which the commercial fishery may occur and establishes a sport fishery for Tanner crab there as well, when the threshold level is reached for mature male abundance."

Published by the Cordova Times, 30th March 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

Cordova fishermen join Seafood Harvesters of America

This week Cordova District Fishermen United, a non-profit focused on Prince William Sound, became the newest member of the Seafood Harvesters of America, which now represents 17 commercial fishing organizations.

“The addition of CDFU brings with it notable leadership in Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. CDFU is an exceptional organization; we are thrilled to work with them,” said Chris Brown, the chairman of the association, in a press release. The Seafood Harvesters of America is a better group for their inclusion. " We share the core values of resource stewardship and accountability. We are traveling on the same pathway towards a great American fishery.” 

Published by National Fishermen, 15th of Sept. 2015

Reward Increases to $7,500 For Information on Steller Sea Lions Killed Near Cordova

Cordova District Fishermen United has upped the reward for information leading to a conviction in the case of several deliberately killed Steller sea lions discovered near Cordova last month. The group is adding $5,000 to the $2,500 reward already offered by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, bringing the total reward to $7,500.

NOAA Media Release

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

Salmon Fishermen Battle Walmart on Certification

 " Alaska’s wild salmon fishing industry decided to end its partnership with the seafood world’s most prominent sustainability certification group in favor of its own labeling efforts. But the move quickly set drew a reaction from customers, as WalMart and others said they would no longer buy Alaskan salmon without the independent check."

Published by The New York Times, 21st of October 2013

Fisherman Picket Anchorage Walmart Before Big Meeting

"Protestors converged on a Walmart in South Anchorage on Wednesday to demand the megastore carry Alaska Salmon. The protestors are mostly fisherman or processors. Protest organizers like John Renner, vice president of Cordova District Fishermen United say outside interests are trying to dictate market access. He contends that the MSC’s main offices are located outside in Europe and that the agency charges too much for the certification."

published by Alaska Public Media Sept. 2013