Coastal Villages Region Fund

711 H Street, Suite 200  Anchorage, Alaska 99501  Phone 907.278.5151  Fax 907.278.5150

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2015

Contact: Chip Wilson, Coastal Villages
(907) 278-5151 Office
(907) 330-7202 Cell

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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Coastal Villages Region Fund
711 H Street, Suite 200  Anchorage, Alaska 99501  Phone 907.278.5151  Fax 907.278.5150

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2015

Contact: Chip Wilson, Coastal Villages
(907) 278-5151 Office
(907) 330-7202 Cell

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.