ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) conducted Marine Safety training sessions in Napaskiak, Quinhagak Goodnews Bay, Chevak and Hooper Bay from May 5-7.

Equipped with two sets of Marine Safety training equipment, the CVRF Community Service Representatives (CSR) kicked off the week together in Napaskiak and then split out to cover two villages each. George Hooper, CVRF Community Service Manager, accompanied the team traveling to Chevak and Hooper Bay. Herschel Sundown and Esther Fox traveled to Quinhagak and Goodnews Bay.

180 residents attended these sessions geared towards providing vital safety information for fishermen and recreational boaters. Various attendees shared their own personal experiences as well as lessons passed down from generation to generation.

“We received many positive comments and suggestions while we conducted these training sessions,” said Herschel Sundown, CVRF CSR from Scammon Bay. “We look forward to traveling to more villages in the near future to conduct safety training sessions.”

“The training session was interesting and I learned new safety tips that I will definitely share with my family,” said Chevak resident Edgar Tunutmoak. “It was great to see our own residents conduct these sessions and I hope more people attend them in the future.”

Prior to the training sessions, four of CVRF’s CSRs attended a 48 hour Marine Safety Instructor Training (MSIT) course provided by the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) in Seward, Alaska April 1-6. Herschel Sundown of Scammon Bay, Kristina Nelson of Napakiak, Esther Fox of Goodnews Bay and Lisa Charles of Newtok each completed the MSIT course and received their certificates.

"Using open skiffs in western Alaska is one of the most dangerous water-based activities in our state,” said AMSEA Director Jerry Dzugan. “AMSEA's mission is to train community-based marine/river safety instructors who have a more intimate knowledge of the community, culture and the boating safety problems and solutions specific to an area. We are very happy that these new groups of AMSEA trained instructors are already working in the CVRF villages.”

CVRF is planning to conduct more training sessions in the future. As in prior years, CVRF will provide various safety supplies for residents to borrow throughout the summer. New this year are lifejackets and Coast Guard approved throwables that can be checked out for free at CVRF’s Community Service Centers (CSC). CVRF residents are encouraged to contact their local or nearest CSC for more information.

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CVRF is a 501(c)(4) Alaska non-profit corporation whose 20 member villages are along the west coast of Alaska from Scammon Bay to Platinum. CVRF is believed to be the largest Alaskan-owned seafood company in history and is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors elected by the residents of its 20 member communities. CVRF is dedicated to providing economic development in its 20 member communities by creating sensible, tangible and long-term opportunities that generate Hope for residents who want to Fish and Work. CVRF is the largest jobs provider in its member villages and is the first CDQ group to own and control the vessels that harvest its CDQ allocations. For more information, visit or contact Dawson Hoover at 907-278-5151. Please visit CVRF’s Facebook page at and Coastal’s Twitter page at