It is with sincere regret that we announce that founding member and BBRSDA President, Robert Heyano, has tendered his resignation from BBRSDA’s Board of Directors. Without Robert’s foresight and diligence, there would likely be no BBRSDA today. Words are inadequate to describe the impacts Robert’s vision and efforts have had on the Bristol Bay fishery over his many years of commitment to the resource and the way of life it supports. It would take a book to describe the extent of Robert Heyano’s work on behalf of the BBRSDA. Simply, Robert, thank you for your countless hours of selfless dedication, your passion, and your leadership.

Consistent with our bylaws, the board will fill this vacancy by developing a slate of candidates and choosing a new member by a two-thirds vote. The board is now inviting letters of interest from Alaska resident holders of Bristol Bay drift permits interested in serving the balance of the Seat A term, ending in mid-2016. (Seat A is designated as an Alaska-resident position.)

The board is responsible for establishing policies and standing rules of the BBRSDA, and to oversee the affairs and budget of the association.

The board meets approximately six times per year for in-person, two-day meetings. For the 2015–16 meeting season, there will be four meetings in Bellingham, WA; one in Seattle, WA; and one in Anchorage, AK, as well as occasional teleconferences. In addition, board members attend the preseason annual membership meeting held in early June (alternating between Naknek and Dillingham), as well as meetings held in conjunction with Pacific Marine Expo in Seattle. Board members are also expected to participate as members of two standing committees (from amongst the Finance, Sustainability, Quality, and Marketing committees).

Please submit 350-word letters of interest by email to board@bbrsda.com through Friday, April 24, 2015. The board will meet via teleconference the first week of May to select its new member.

For more information about serving on the BBRSDA board, please contact sitting board members (board@bbrsda.com).