Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation (PWSAC) is excited to announce that Tommy Sheridan has joined our team as the General Manager/CEO.
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Tommy is an excellent addition to PWSAC,” said PWSAC Board of Directors Chair Tim Moore. “Tommy’s skills and diverse experience in hatchery operations, fisheries management, and policy are an outstanding fit.
Cost Recovery Update
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation completed the 2019 Chum Cost Recovery on July 12, 2019
Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation completed 97% the 2019 Pink Salmon Cost Recovery on August 11, 2019
Salmon Return Charts
In 1985, the Area E salmon permit holders voted in a 2% enhancement tax to be assessed from their gross salmon deliveries. The funds are collected by the State of Alaska and disbursed to PWSAC for maintaining enhancement programs and operations.
With the enactment of the salmon enhancement tax, the PWSAC Bylaws were amended to provide that every Area E salmon permit holder would be eligible to be a candidate and vote on the Fishermen’s Ballot for the PWSAC Board of Directors. At least sixty (60%) of the directors are fishermen. The PWSAC Board of Directors has 27 fisherman seats: 10 seine seats, 10 drift gillnet seats, 6 dual permit seats and 1 set gillnet seat.
- A dual permit holder is a person who holds both a seine and drift gillnet permit.
- Those who hold both a drift gillnet and set gillnet may only occupy a seat designated for drift gillnetters.
The 2020 Fishermen Director Election will include 3-seine, 3-drift gillnet and 2-dual permit seats for three-year terms. The 3-year terms start on 10/2020 and go through 10/2023.
PWSAC needs interested people to serve on the board who have the time to commit and the desire to help the Board achieve corporate goals.
Incumbent directors whose term is expiring are:
- Robert Beedle, Gillnet seat A
- Shawna Williams, Gillnet seat B
- David Glasen, Gillnet seat C
- Thane Miller, Seine seat A
- Mike Meints, Seine seat B
- Alex Lopez, Seine seat C
- Tyee Lohse, Dual seat A
- EJ Cheshier, Dual seat B
Please complete the Candidate Questionnaire and contact a Board Development Committee Member if you are interested in running on the election ballot.
Candidate Questionnaire needs to be submitted to a Board Development Committee member or emailed to email@example.com by January 3, 2020.
Board Development Committee
Eli Johnson – Chairman – 907-429-8089
Robert Beedle – 907-429-7207
Shawna Williams – 907-229-7655
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In collaboration with eight regional aquaculture associations, the McDowell group estimates that Alaska’s salmon hatcheries contribute nearly a quarter of the value of our state’s salmon harvests and generate $600 million in economic output. Alaska’s salmon hatcheries account for the annual equivalent of 4,700 jobs and $218 million in total labor income, including all direct, indirect, and induced economic impacts.
An independent study conducted by the McDowell group in 2018 determined that between 2012 and 2017, PWS commercial fishermen (all gear types) harvested a cumulative total of 539 million pounds of PWSAC-produced salmon worth $296 million. The annual commercial harvest of PWSAC fish averaged 90 million pounds worth $49 million.
PWSAC salmon accounted for 43 percent of the total PWS salmon harvest volume over the 2012 to 2017 period (1.2 billion pounds) and 45 percent of the total value ($642 million).
Over the 2012-2017 period, more than one in three pink salmon harvested in PWS came from PWSAC.