BBRSDA 2019 Election Update

2019 NOMINATIONS

The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) has received 4 nominations for the 2019 BOD Elections. Final ballots will be mailed to S03T permit holders on March 20th, 2019. Completed ballots must be postmarked by April 5th, 2019 and received by April 12, 2019 to be counted.

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Reba Temple

F/V Cloud 9

Seat A – Alaska Resident

My name is Reba Temple and I am a lifelong Alaska resident. I am seeking election for Board Seat A.

 I first began fishing in Bristol Bay with my family fifteen years ago and quickly realized how special of a place it is. I invested in my own operation six years ago and know I will be a lifelong Bristol Bay fisherman.

 For the past five years, much of my winter has been spent teaching high school math. While this does not directly translate to Board experience, as a teacher I have learned to communicate clearly and work collaboratively - both qualities that I think will be helpful as a Board member and fleet representative.

 I believe my most important job as a Board member will be to bring the fleet’s ideas, concerns, and questions to the Board. I know every fisherman has their own thoughts about what is important for Bristol Bay and I would use my skills to make sure everyone feels their voice is being heard.

 With the Bristol Bay brand expanding and fish quality improving, it’s an exciting time to be a Bristol Bay fisherman. What I lack in direct Board experience, I make up for in my love and enthusiasm of Bristol Bay and the people who fish there. It would be an honor to serve as your BBRSDA representative.

1) Why do you want to be a BBRSDA board member?
I would like to be a BBRSDA board member because I would like to play an active role in the fishery beyond the summer months. The BBRSDA is important way for fishermen to be involved in choosing the direction of the fishery and deciding what the priorities are for the money that is collected each year from the fleet. This process is something that I’ve always been interested in. I truly care about the future of the Bristol Bay fishery and want to do what I can to make sure it’s protected and moving in a positive direction. Running for the BBRSDA board is one way I believe I can help do this.

2) What do you think is the most important mission for the BBRSDA and why?
I believe the most important mission for the BBRSDA is to protect Bristol Bay’s salmon habitat. This means no mining in Bristol Bay - ever. I know that the BBRSDA has restrictions on what steps they can take to oppose mining, however, I think it is important that the board keeps exploring ways that it can help. Currently, the BBRSDA is funding a research project that looks into the potential outcomes of a failed tailings pond dam. I think research like this needs to continue to be funded.

3) In your view, what are three priorities the BBRSDA should focus on and why?
As I said before, I think habitat protection is the number one priority.
Second, I think that the BBRSDA should continue to expand the Bristol Bay Sockeye brand. In 2016, the Bristol Bay Sockeye brand was launched and in 2018 sockeye marketed under that brand was sold in over 1000 stores. I have been very impressed with this growth and think the BBRSDA should focus on continuing to expand the brand.
Thirdly, quality is a focus that the BBRSDA should continue to prioritize. When I started fishing, there were hot days when the salmon would practically be cooked to the sides of the aluminum fish holds. Now, salmon is chilled and floated and is a product I would be happy to eat straight out of the fish hold. Continuing to push the fleet as a whole to deliver a quality product is important so that in turn, we have a quality product we are proud to brand as Bristol Bay Sockeye.

4) The BBRSDA’s Strategic Plan lists specific strategies for maximizing the value of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Do you believe the strategies are an effective guide for accomplishing that goal, and if not, how should they be modified?
I believe the strategies are an effective guide.

5) Is there another issue that you would like to respond to?
As Alaska’s budget becomes more clear this spring, it will be important to keep an eye on what’s happening with the ADF&G’s funding. Funding was already cut in 2016 and the BBRSDA decided to help fund them through the Bristol Bay Fisheries Collaborative to ensure that the fishery is being regulated as thoroughly as necessary. With more budget cuts on the horizon, this funding is something that might need to increase to make sure that we are able to fish as much as possible, while still regulating the fishery to keep the runs healthy.


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Kiril Basargin

F/V Ocean Ranger - F/V Victory

Seat A – Alaska Resident

I was born and raised in Alaska, and have been in Bristol Bay fishing industry since 1980, over 29 years of experience in fishing and marketing. Bristol Bay has had some good days, when the fishing was great, prices were good. Then markets took advantage, fishing was great, but prices were terrible! Fishermen suffered, while a select few processors were making profits. Seafood buyers making A, B, and C lists too fishermen due to over capacity, driving out the competition (this problem still exists today).

Unfortunately we were one of many fishermen that had to dispose of the sockeye back into the ocean. Bristol Bay has improved with sustainability, and introducing new markets into Bristol Bay. But still, not enough for the fishermen to support, and feed their families.

I have a great share of experience, and dedication to Bristol Bay. I’m willing to help fishermen facing changes and challenges into the future. To making Bristol Bay great again, and to having a sustainable, highest quality, and profitable experience to our Bristol Bay Fishing Industry, and to the Bristol Bay Fishermen.

1) Why do I want to be a board member?
To help Bristol Bay fishermen more aware of the potential in doing business at Bristol Bay, helping fishermen with the problems they face when fishing in the largest salmon fishery in the world. Fisherman rely on BBRSDA to do the job BBRSDA was hired to do, and for fisherman to have peace of mind during the fishing season.

2) What do I think is the most important mission for BBRSDA and why?
Most important mission for BBRSDA is to stay in touch with owners (fishermen) that pay to get the job done, in the most efficient, profitable and manageable way possible, and for fishermen to bring in best quality, for the market(s) of fish caught. Also, finding outreach programs fishermen can utilize, and use for the benefits of Bristol Bay Fleet as a whole, with finding the best market(s), and the best price possible.

3) In your view, what are the three priorities the BBRSDA should focus on (within legal limits referred to above) and why?
1. Honesty; Fishermen are relying on BBRSDA to whom they pay to keep the program going, to be informed of the progress, accomplishments, and to help fishermen gain, also at the same time, keeping markets to enjoy the benefit(s). 2. Handling, Quality, and Markets; Quality is most important to the Bristol Bay industry because markets are always looking for the utmost best quality, and price.
3. Pebble Mine; to prevent the mine from going into the Bristol Bay, as it will devastate, and not only hurt the fishery, it will also have an enormous impact on the environment, where the whole world relies on the seafood; not only salmon, but also crab, shrimp, halibut, sablefish, and many more seafood species and vegetation that grows in Bristol Bay.

4. The Bristol Bay Strategic Plan lists specific strategies for maximizing the value of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Do you believe the strategies are an effective guide for accomplishing the goal?
Yes, some strategies are working, others need to be addressed. Some funding going out to businesses paid for, by BBRSDA (fishermen), one most important is ICE. BBRSDA pays canneries for installation of ice machines, and Ice Barges subsidies, canneries taking advantage of the programs do not always benefit all Bristol Bay fishermen. Canneries are only serving their own.
For BBRSDA to keep fishermen better informed of programs, and incentives that fisherman can use, to include what the funds are being spent on, asking fishermen for input and suggestions; addressing the problems and needs, that fishermen are facing.



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Hans Rodvik

F/V Equinox

Seat G – Open Residency

Hello fellow Bristol Bay lovers and sockeye enthusiasts, my name is Hans Rodvik. I am running to serve you – the fleet – on the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA) Board of Directors.

 My highest priority as a Director will be to ensure that each dollar spent by the Board goes towards increasing the fleet’s bottom line.

I decided to run based on my commitment to the success and continuation of the world’s greatest salmon run, leadership and professional experience and long-term vision for our fishery.

 I’m a lifelong Alaskan, with a decade of commercial fishing experience. Seven of those years have been in the Bay. I’ve owned my Bay permit now for three years. My brother and I plan to purchase our first boat in the next two years.

I’ve served as the Vice President of the Sand Lake Community Council for 2 years, was president of multiple organizations in college, spent 4 years on my church’s governing body, and have professional work experience with boards of directors and committees, putting budgets together, crafting strategic plans, setting and accomplishing short and long-range goals and effectively communicating an organization’s activities to a large membership.

 I will work diligently to accomplish the following objectives (and more) to help maximizing the fishery’s value:

1) Continue building brand loyalty and increase consumer demand through strategic marketing campaigns

2) Promote adoption of quality measures and fund programs that incentivize fisherman to improve the quality of their catch

3) Wisely invest in a transparent and open manner, BBRSDA’s assets to accomplish more projects

4) Implement marketing campaigns to solidify Bristol Bay sockeye as superior to farmed salmon

5) Collaborate with stakeholders seeking to increase processing capacity

6) Analyze proposals from fisherman to make the fleet more efficient

 I believe our fishery should be the premier model for the world when it comes to profitability, sustainability and product quality. I would be honored to have your vote if you believe the same.

Please feel free to give me a call, shoot me a text or email me if you have any questions!

 Sincerely,

Hans Rodvik

907-947-4784 - hans.rodvik@yahoo.com

1) Why do you want to be a BBRSDA board member?
I have always been called to public service. I’ve had an inherent sense of duty to serve others for as long as I can remember. As I thought about my long-term commitment to Bristol Bay, I began asking myself how I could connect and make a difference with the organizations and people who are taking action and leading the discussions to improve our fishery.
I am seeking a seat on the BBRSDA Board of Directors for three reasons. The first is because I want to be part of an organization whose mission excites me and that I believe can make a positive difference for each fisherman and the fleet as a whole. Secondly, it’s my hope that by stepping forward to serve on the BBRSDA, other young Bristol Bay fisherman will become more active and engaged in the discussions impacting our fishery. Lastly, I want to help solidify and expand on the tremendous work the BBRSDA has done in recent years to brand Bristol Bay sockeye, so that in the long run, when consumers think of salmon they think of our product and nothing else. 


2) What do you think is the most important mission for the BBRSDA and why?
The BBRSDA’s top priority must be to increase the fleet’s bottom line. The BBRSDA is in the business of business. All of our efforts must point towards one thing: price.
As the voice of Bristol Bay drift fisherman, how can the BBRSDA work to increase the value our product commands? Marketing, promotion, trade-shows, quality incentives, branding, infrastructure development, research, cooperation with like-minded partners and other work must all be done with the intent to increase the price fisherman receive.
The BBRSDA needs the backing and support of our membership. To keep and grow the fleet’s confidence in us, it’s my belief the BBRSDA should focus considerable efforts on projects that drive up consumer demand and thereby price. 

3) In your view, what are three priorities the BBRSDA should focus on (within the legal limits referred to above) and why?
The BBRSDA has clear directives on what it can and cannot do. The BBRSDA cannot lobby; negotiate prices; or advocate one way or the other when it comes to allocation of resources.
On the other hand, the BBRSDA can aggressively market Bristol Bay sockeye, develop sales programs to promote Bristol Bay sockeye, and conduct a variety of other work related to increasing sales, market share and consumer knowledge of Bristol Bay sockeye.
Three priorities the BBRSDA should focus on include:
1) Continue working on the branding efforts of the last few years to make Bristol Bay sockeye a household name throughout the U.S. market – superiority and market dominance should be our goal.
2) Work with public and private organizations to help ensure Bristol Bay sockeye is sold as the highest and best value products – thereby resulting in the best return for fisherman. Bristol Bay sockeye is a premium product and should command a premium price.
3) Focus on equitable and competitive ways the BBRSDA can help the fleet reach 100% chilling at the point of harvest – without chilling and other quality improvement techniques like bleeding, mats, slides etc. fisherman won’t see their bottom line increase. 

4) The BBRSDA’s Strategic Plan lists specific strategies for maximizing the value of the
Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Do you believe those strategies are an effective guide for accomplishing that goal, and if not, how should they be modified?
I have reviewed the BBRSDA’s Strategic Plan thoroughly. From an outside perspective I believe the strategies spelled out in the plan are a solid guideline and foundation for the organization. Once on the Board I will spend time analyzing how the strategies are being currently implemented, review ongoing programs and seek feedback from the fleet to determine if any tweaks need to be made.
At this point, I don’t believe modification of the Strategic Plan is necessary. Continuity is key, especially when dealing with long range plans. We shouldn’t go about changing the core vision for the organization on a whim. Unless dramatic market shifts occur or other unforeseen events take place I believe the BBRSDA is on the right track with its Strategic Plan. 

5) Is there another issue that you would like to respond to? 
At this point I don’t have anything in particular to respond or react to. I’m excited to have the opportunity to run for the Board and thoroughly look forward to advancing the mission of the BBRSDA. Over the next few years I believe the BBRSDA has the ability to make meaningful impacts throughout the market that will elevate our fishery. With wise management of our resources I know we can make great strides towards improving the fleet’s collective prosperity. I expect to get to know many of you these next few years and will always welcome your input, feedback and advice on these important matters.


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Patrick O’Neill

F/V Koyukuk

Seat D – Non-Alaska Resident

After navigating over a few speed bumps, the RSDA seems to have found a rhythm that has served us well. Great quality programs, a world-class marketing effort, and a seat at most stakeholder tables that influence the fishery are indicators of a mature organization. So, what's next? First, we should not get complacent. The importance of quality and marketing cannot be overstated, demanding continual, incremental improvement.

Moreover, it's no secret that without the preservation of our critical salmon habitat, we're all at risk.

Having fished in Bristol Bay since I was nine years old, initially with my father, who was born at Graveyard Creek and raised in Levelock, I stepped away from the commercial side to build and operate a sports lodge on the Naknek River, which was sold in 2005.

Having seen things from both the sport and commercial perspective, it is clear to me that protecting the Bristol Bay habitat is fundamental.

What is also fundamental is having a well-funded organization that can represent our drift fleet collectively, so that we avoid something that is fragmented. Having been associated with Bristol Bay for the better part of my life, it would be an honor to serve the drift fleet and apply my diverse perspective to grow the organization and our fishery.

 Thank you.

Candidate did not respond to questionnaire. 


The member-elected volunteer board provides financial and policy guidance for the Association and oversees management of the BBRSDA.  The election process is conducted under the terms of the Association’s bylaws and is independently monitored by the accounting firm, Thomas, Head & Greisen, Inc.  The Association’s bylaws are posted at http://www.bbrsda.com.