Mike Friccero, President
F/V Miss Gina
Seat A (Alaska Resident) - Term ends June 2019
Committees: President of the board serves as ex-officio member of all committees.
Mike Friccero is a 35-season veteran of the Bristol Bay fishery as well as a halibut longline fisherman. Mike was appointed to the board as an ex-officio member in May 2015, and was elected to Seat A in June 2016. Mike brings a particular interest in finances and financial stewardship to the board. A retired general contractor and project manager, Mike served for six years as financial officer for the Kodiak Public Broadcasting board and now works – when he’s not fishing – as an administrative consultant to seafood processing companies and other clients.
Lange Solberg, Secretary-Treasurer
F/V Odie II
Seat D (Non-Alaska Resident) – Term ends 2019
Committees: Finance (Chair); PR/Outreach (Chair); Sustainability
Lange Solberg was born and raised in Bellingham, WA and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in International Business. He has worked in commercial marine sales for five years and brings fourteen years of experience fishing in Bristol Bay, complemented by two generations of Norwegian fishing lineage going back to the Bay’s sailboat days.
Lange encourages creative, grassroots thinking within the fleet to help address today’s challenges in marketing our catch as a differentiated, high-quality product. Getting interested and involved – especially amongst the younger generation – is key to a successful organization and viable fishery for decades to come. Get in touch, ask questions, and stay informed!
Seat G (Open Residency) - Term ends 2019
King Salmon, Alaska
Committees: Quality; Marketing
Tony began commercial fishing in 2003 with the intent to direct market all of his catch. Over the past 12 years he has successfully caught, processed and direct marketed 100% of his fish. Attention to quality control on the vessel and throughout the processing plant along with marketing strategies has allowed Tony to achieve complete independence from the big processors in Bristol Bay. Tony looks forward to sharing his knowledge and experience to help increase the value of all Bristol Bay Sockeye being sold in both domestic and international markets.
Larry Kenneth Christensen, Vice President
Seat F (Open Residency) – Term ends 2017
Committees: Finance; Marketing, PR/Outreach
Larry Christensen started fishing at age five, and leased his first boat at 13. He fished the Copper River and Prince William Sound for 23 years and shifted his operation to Bristol Bay in 1998. He has a degree in business with an emphasis on accounting and law, and has been extremely active in Alaska fish policy and politics for many years, including eight years as drift representative on the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation.
Warren “Buck” Gibbons
F/V Stevie K
Seat E (Non-Alaska Resident) – Term ends 2018
Committees: Quality (Chair); Sustainability;
Buck Gibbons has fished Bristol Bay every season since 1976, in addition to participating in herring gillnet fisheries from Norton Sound to San Francisco Bay. He served on the BBRSDA board from 2006 to 2009 and was elected again in 2015. A co-founder of Wild Fish Marketing LLC, Buck brings a lifetime of passionate entrepreneurship in the seafood industry along with extensive non-profit experience to his work on the board.
F/V Crimson Fury
Seat B (Alaska Resident) – Term ends 2018
Committees: Marketing (Chair), Finance,
A fourth-generation fisherman with more than three decades fishing the Bay, Abe Williams also has served six years on the Naknek-Kvichak Advisory Committee, three years as member of the Bristol Bay Borough Assembly, and twelve years as president of the Paug-Vik Native Corporation.
Seat C (Alaska Resident) – Term ends 2017
Committees: Sustainability (Chair); Quality; PR/Outreach
Fritz Johnson has fished Bristol Bay for 28 years, and says that he is “as enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead as the day I got into this business.” In addition to his off-season staff work for the Bristol Bay Economic Development Commission, Fritz has worked in both public relations and publishing. He brings a strong commitment to accountability, frugality and transparency to his work on the board.