MEET OUR TEAM AT CDFU
SERVS FISHING VESSEL ADMINISTRATOR
& OFFICE MANAGER
Kelsey Appleton was born and raised in Cordova, Alaska. She spent her college years working summers in the office at Trident Seafoods, where she developed a fascination with the commercial fishing industry. After graduating college with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Fisheries and Economics, she took the role of Fishing Vessel Administrator for Alyeska Pipeline Service Company/SERVS, a contracted position held by CDFU. She has successfully managed 220 vessels and over 600 crew members through drills and biennial training for 6 years. Kelsey is often sent to other ports to train other FVA’s, and is continuously involved in projects regarding the Vessel of Opportunity program. In 2015, she was asked to help accept the Stewardship and Sustainability Award for the Vessel of Opportunity Program from the Alaska SeaLife Center. Over the last 6 years with CDFU, Kelsey has grown into the role of CDFU Office Manager, while also continuing to execute the SERVS contract. Kelsey wears several hats within the community, and has volunteered countless hours towards various community events. She has been on the board for the Chamber of Commerce for 4 years and has served as Vice President of the Iceworm Festival Board for 3 years.
CDFU ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT & program coordinator
SERVS Alternate FVA
Jocelyn has a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Ecological Restoration and possesses a strong passion for fisheries and sustainability. She has worked with non-profits, Redwood National Park, Humboldt State Professors, private business members, and environmental consulting firms during her time at Humboldt State University in Northern California. She gained experience working with stakeholders on issues regarding salmon management, watershed management, wetland delineation and management, water quality, stream health analysis, and studies in coastal riparian and prairie ecosystems. She is actively pursuing a Masters in Arctic and Northern Policy with a concentration in Environmental Politics and Policy at the University Alaska Fairbanks.
Jocelyn holds many roles at CDFU. She engages in research related to the Board of Fisheries, State regulations, grants, legislative and management issues impacting Area E fisheries. Throughout the year Jocelyn works to put on the organization’s yearly events while collaborating on Harbor Clean Up Days and annual Blessing of the Fleet as the Program Coordinator. She also helps with the execution of the SERVS contract through aid to bi-annual trainings, drills, and management of contracted fishing vessels as the Alternate Fishing Vessel Administrator.
SERVS TIER III VESSEL ADMINISTRATOR
Amanda’s investment in our salmon environment is two-fold. In her career, she has spent years working with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in fisheries research and management, both in Prince William Sound and in the Yukon River region. Working in different capacities -from a technician in the field to a management biologist in the office- Amanda gained a broad perspective of fisheries in this great state. While much of her work involved inseason management, she also got to participate in Board of Fisheries and has insight into our state’s regulatory process. Outside of Fish and Game, Amanda also worked with the Copper River/Prince William Sound Marketing Association, where she got to write about wild salmon and work for fishermen to promote them. Amanda holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from WWU.
In her personal life, Amanda was raised in Cordova and now lives here with her husband (also a Cordova native) and two young sons. She actively teaches her children about our local natural environment, our subsistence food, and the importance of our fisheries economy. One of her greatest hopes is that we may preserve our beautiful and abundant home for generations to come.