SUGGESTIONS GLADLY ACCEPTED!
Your BBRSDA Wants to Hear From You!
The BBRSDA’s core purpose is to maximize the value of the Bristol Bay fishery for the benefit of its members, with primary attention on the economic wellbeing of BBRSDA members, maintaining a sustainable Bristol Bay commercial fishery, and producing the highest quality wild salmon products. The strategies employed to do so are:
- Strategy 1 – Improve Quality and Value through chilling at the point of harvest and careful handling;
- Strategy 2 – Support Research that leads to a better understanding of the science and economics of the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery in order to improve revenues for fishermen.
- Strategy 3 – Conduct Marketing and Promotion of the Bristol Bay wild salmon resource in domestic and global markets.
- Strategy 4 – Maintain Sustainability of the Fishery by promoting activities that assure the continuation of a biologically and economically healthy and productive commercial fishery.
- Strategy 5 – Strengthen the Organization through continuous work to strengthen BBRSDA’s organizational foundation.
Understanding what the BBRSDA can and cannot do is important in determining organizational priorities. A few of the things that the BBRSDA is prohibited from doing by State of Alaska statute or regulation are:
- Lobbying the State of Alaska.
- Negotiating fish prices with processors.
- Initiating a permit buyback. The BBRSDA can support research that helps inform permit holders about issues related to a buyback, however.
- Advocate at the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding matters of allocation.
The Internal Revenue Service has guidelines for non-profit organizations that prevents benefits inuring to private individuals or companies that aren’t equally available to all in its line of business (the Bristol Bay salmon fishery) so the BBRSDA must be mindful of that in implementing its programs.