CDFU engagement on behalf of Area E fishermen.

Here at CDFU, it is our mission to preserve, promote and perpetuate the commercial fishing industry in Area E and to further promote safety at sea, legislation, conservation, management and general welfare for the mutual benefit of all our members. CDFU monitors all Board of Fisheries (BOF) meetings that have an impact on Area E fisheries or the fishermen who operate and live in large part in the port communities of Area E. We aim to have strong representation and attendance at each of these meetings in order to advocate and testify on behalf of our region and our fisheries.  Find out about Emergency petitions affecting Area E fishermen by clicking here. 

Navigating BOF Meetings & Public Comment

The Board of Fisheries (BOF) process can be daunting when trying to navigate meetings, proposals, submitted comments and opportunities to testify. This section is to help fishermen navigate the BOF home pages, provides resources and general process information.

Public comment/testimony for meetings:

  • BOF comments can be submitted through their website on the online comment form.

  • Public attending the meetings can sign up to testify during the Committee of the Whole.

  • Record Comments (RC) are comments submitted during the meetings, up to the time of deliberation, in response to new information or Board actions.

public Proposal calls from the BOF:

Proposals for Statewide King and Tanner crab general provisions, 2019-2020 are due April 10th!

The CDFU Executive Director and Board of Directors want to hear from you. If you have proposals to submit or questions on a specific proposal please use the button below to submit your inquires to the board. Feel free to call the office (424-3447) or stop by as well.  

BOF Meetings & Supplemental Documents

Hatchery Committee Meeting

March 8th 2019

This meeting will convene at the Howard Rock Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel, 401 E. 6th Street, in Anchorage, starting at 8:30am. There will not be timed public testimony at the meeting. The open forum discussion will function like a town hall style meeting covering topics listed in the tentative agenda and moderated by the board.

Salmon Hatcheries for Alaska, a collaborative effort of PWSSC, VFDA, DIPAC, CIAA, and other PNP hatcheries around the state, has compiled a list of documents and information to assist with preparation for the BOF Hatchery Committee meeting. 

Statewide Finfish Meeting

March 9 th -11th 2019

This Meeting will take place in Anchorage from the 9th - 11th, at the Sheraton Hotel, covering all Statewide Finfish proposals.

You can access all of the proposals here, and we would like to specifically call your attention to proposals 161 & 162 (harvest reporting), proposals 169 & 170 (escapement goals), and 171, which seeks to reorder the criteria for allocation amongst user groups in Non-subsistence Use Areas. Please read this proposal carefully, CDFU is available to help with testimony for those attending.  

Board of Fisheries Work Session

October 15-16th 2018

This meeting covered two Agenda Change Requests (ACRs). ACR1 was submitted by Kenai River Sport Fishing Association and ACR2 was submitted by Virgil Umphenour. Both ACRs specifically targeted Prince William Sound hatchery operations. Both Agenda Change Requests failed by a vote of 6-1 for ACR 1 and 5-2 for ACR 2.

At this meeting CDFU was able to confirm that the 2020 PWS/CR finfish meeting cycle will be held in Cordova.

KRSA- PWS Hatchery Emergency Petition Hearing Teleconference

May 16th 2018

This emergency meeting teleconference was called in response to the petition submitted by Kenai River Sportfishing Association. The board  reviewed the petition on May 14th and there was no finding of emergency by a vote of 3-3.  No public comment was heard. The board discussed the need to address this issue at the October 17-18th Board of Fisheries work session. CDFU is working with other organizations and the hatcheries on this issue.  Find more details on our Emergency Petition page. 

Tsiu/Tsivat Rivers Closed Waters and Miscellaneous  Meeting

April 24th 2018

This Board meeting was called in response to letters and public comment asking for a reconsideration on a proposal that suggested markers on the Tsiu/Tsivat rivers be positioned further down stream. This proposal when passed with amendments then became an allocative issue which was not put through proper process and review. At the conclusion of this meeting the Board of Fisheries initial decision was reversed leaving boundary markers in their original positions prior to the proposals suggested location. 


Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp and Misc Shellfish
March 6-9th 2018

This board meeting cycle involved multiple user groups from Statewide regions covering issues on Dungeness crab, shrimp and Misc. shellfish. There was a total of nine proposals affecting the Prince William Sound commercial shrimp pot fishery. At the conclusion of the meeting eight of the nine commercial shrimp pot fishery proposals failed and one was withdrawn by the proposer. 

Southeast and Yakutat Finfish/Shellfish Meeting
January 11th–23rd 2018

This board meeting cycle involved multiple user groups from Southeast and Yakutat areas covering issues on herring management and King salmon management plans. CDFU submitted a letter of support to stand in solidarity with the many fisheries associations and commercial fishermen attending the Sitka meetings.

Prince William Sound Finfish Board of Fisheries Meeting

december 1-5, 2017 - Valdez Convention Center - Valdez, AK

This board meeting cycle involved all user groups in Prince William Sound and the Copper River covering issues ranging from area closures, allocation, and gear use specifications to Copper River management plans. 

- CDFU record comments submitted during the meeting are as follows and can be found using the button below:

 RC#'s 33 45 47 51 64 65 67 68 71         

- CDFU provided BOF resources created so that general membership had tools to understanding proposals and their potential to change regulation.