Veteran harvester Matt Alward of Homer, representing the North Pacific Fisheries Association, has succeeded Jerry McCune, of Cordova District Fishermen United, as president of United Fishermen of Alaska.
Bob Kehoe, of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association took the helm as vice president.
Joining the executive committee on April 15 were Rebecca Skinner, of the Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association, as public relations and membership chair, and Sue Doherty, of the Southeast Alaska Seiners Association, as subsistence committee chair.
UFA held its elections in February.
Veteran harvester Matt Alward, of the North Pacific Fisheries Association, has taken the helm as president of United Fishermen of Alaska, succeeding Jerry McCune, of Cordova District Fishermen United. with Bob Kehoe, of the Purse Seine Vessel Owners Association as vice president.
Alward, owner of Bulletproof Nets, in Homer, operates a seiner off of Kodiak during the salmon season. He congratulated McCune for his decades of service and leadership to UFA, saying that they would continue to work together.
McCune, in turn, said he looked forward to helping Alward lead UFA into the future.
McCune had served as UFA since 2014, as well as from 1992 to 1996. He has also served as a paid or volunteer lobbyist for UFA for the past two decades, and still serves on UFA’s executive committee. Alward, of Homer, had served as vice president of UFA since 2015.
More information about UFA is online at www.ufafish.org