CVRF SUPPORTS FISHERIES RESEARCH THROUGH FUNDING OF ADFG WEIR PROGRAM

ANCHORAGE, AK – Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) has reached an agreement with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) to help fund its fisheries research activities in Western Alaska this summer.

CVRF will provide up to $92,152 to ADFG to support the operation of weirs on the Goodnews Bay and Kanektok Rivers. The purpose of the weirs is to provide state researchers with the opportunity to monitor salmon escapement and collect data that will inform decision making. In addition, CVRF will also likely continue providing funding to the Native Village of Kwinhagak, the Kuskokwim Native Association, and the Takotna Tribal Council to support their weir operations.

“Strong science is the foundation of any healthy fishery, and is key to both the Bering Sea fisheries and to our local fisheries where hundreds of residents participate in the commercial harvest of salmon” said CVRF Executive Director, Morgen Crow. “CVRF is proud to continue its support of science-based fisheries management in Western Alaska.”

Since 2010, CVRF has given $792,943 in funding to the Kuskokwim Native Association, the Native Village of Kwinhagak, the Takotna Tribal Council, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to support the operation of weir projects throughout the region. This year’s budget for ADFG will push the total funding to over $885,000.

“Alaskans have a long history of making resource development and allocation decisions based on science, especially in our fisheries,” said Richard Jung, President of the CVRF Board of Directors. “Private sector support for programs like this will become increasingly important as the state deals with a historic budget crisis that threatens its ability to fund projects across rural Alaska. CVRF is happy to play a role in helping the Alaska Department of Fish and Game maintain its weir program in this time of fiscal uncertainty.”

“It’s important to remember that the money CVRF uses to fund projects comes directly from our fishing operations in the Bering Sea,” Jung continued. “Whether it’s providing scholarships, job opportunities, or helping to maintain critical weir operations such as these, everything we do at CVRF depends on a sustainable harvest of pollock, crab, cod, and other important species. The CDQ program has provided a mechanism for the Bering Sea fishery to support communities across Alaska’s Western coast, and we look forward to giving back to the state and our region for generations to come.”

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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 www.coastalvillages.org or contact Chip Wilson at 907-278-5151. Please visit CVRF’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoastalVillagesRegionFund and Coastal’s Twitter page at www.twitter.com/CoastalVillages.