ANCHORAGE, AK – CVRF celebrated Ted Stevens Day by paying out over a quarter of a million dollars to hundreds of Kuskokwim, Goodnews Bay, Kanektok and Black River commercial fishers in the last week.

“The intent of the CDQ program is to deliver economic and social benefits to our residents and Coastal Villages is delivering on the promise of the program,” said Paul Tulik, CVRF Board President. “These salmon operations are paid for in large part by the allocations of CDQs in the Bering Sea. Our region residents and all fishers want their fair share of those CDQ allocations. We need the Congressional delegation to JUST FIX CDQ.”

“We had a monster weekend with commercial fishermen delivering more than 250,000 lbs of salmon up and down the CVRF region,” said Morgen Crow, CVRF Executive Director. “The real people are receiving real dollars from our commercial operations that are paid for by the Bering Sea.”

“Residents and fishermen are asking for expanded operations and improved services,” said Nick Souza, CVS General Manager. “A just fix to the CDQ allocations will allow Coastal to meet the growing list of needs and demands of our people.”

Two years ago, the CVRF Board of Directors honored the late Senator Ted Stevens by establishing the second Monday of each August as an observed holiday. CVRF’s offices are closed in remembrance of the late Senator Ted Stevens for his great accomplishments for the State and his leadership role in helping to establish the CDQ program.