To Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association, Alaska Trollers Association, Bristol Bay Fishermen’s Association, Seafood Producers Cooperative and Fishing Vessel Owners Association:
As a member in good standing, I would like you to consider dropping out of United Fishermen of Alaska because of not supporting Al Gross for the United States Senate.
UFA always says vote fish. Well, then vote for the fisherman, Al Gross.
We haven’t had a good fisheries senator in the U.S. Senate since Ted Stevens, Warren Magnuson or JFK [Saltonstall-Kennedy funds for fishermen].
To not vote for a fisherman is a punch in the gut for a fisherman of 40 years like myself or Al, a fisherman that works his way from the back deck to become a doctor and yet still fishes.
If I have a fisheries question, I don’t have to spend two hours trying to explain the IFQ 3 percent tax mismanagement, mostly because I would be lucky to get 10 minutes from Sullivan. Or, how about the wasteful and highly unregulated bycatch of Bering Sea halibut, which hurts many communities throughout the state, including Juneau, where Al Gross grew up.
He understands these problems because he has lived them and seen his friends hurt because of them.
So please consider dropping out of UFA. I have.
Michael J. Mayo
F/V Coral Lee