Ed Davis Joins Fishing Advocates and Shares With State Leaders Fishing Crisis in Alaska

It’s incumbent on Haa Aaní to help revitalize the region’s rural communities. Our model is one that is built on collaboration, shared resources and partnerships. We recognize we can’t address the issues of our region, particularly fisheries, alone and it will take collaboration with both the private/public sectors. We collectively have an opportunity to revitalize fisheries for our local economies by addressing the issues that are facing us.

Norm Van Vactor and Ed Davis address the House Bush Caucus February 19, 2016

The Alaska Sea Grant advocates for solutions to “the loss of access by Alaskans to commercial fishing in the state." Most recently the group came together for a two-day workshop, in Anchorage, Fisheries Access for Alaska-Charting the Future.

One result of the workshop is the formation of the Fisheries Access Working Group that includes Haa Aaní, LLC Director Ed Davis. Davis and three others presented current findings to the Alaska State Legislature House Bush Caucus on February 19, 2016.

Davis told the caucus that Haa Aaní, LLC and others are partnering together because there is opportunity. “An opportunity where multiple stakeholders, including everyone here today, recognize the importance fisheries has for the health of our communities and health of the state,” said Davis. “It’s incumbent on Haa Aaní to help revitalize the region’s rural communities. Our model is one that is built on collaboration, shared resources and partnerships.  We recognize we can’t address the issues of our region, particularly fisheries, alone and it will take collaboration with both the private/public sectors. We collectively have an opportunity to revitalize fisheries for our local economies by addressing the issues that are facing us.”

Fisheries Access Working Group Members Who Presented to State Leaders

  • Haa Aaní, LLC Director Ed Davis
  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council Member Duncan Fields
  • Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation CEO Norm Van Vactor
  • Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association Executive Director Linda Behnken

View House Bush Caucus Presentation

Davis grew up commercial fishing in Glacier Bay before it was closed. He has participated in longline fishing and has worked in the Hoonah Cold Storage facility as well as in Excursion Inlet. “Over the years, I have seen the impact my community has experienced with the loss of one of the most productive seine fleets in our region which Hoonah was known for,” said Davis. “At one point Hoonah had a seine fleet of 25 before the implementation of the Limited Entry Permit (LEP). Within the first few years Hoonah’s fleet dwindled down to five to where now there is only a couple remaining.” 

Davis is from Hoonah, Alaska and is Tlingit, Eagle / Chookaneidi. His Tlingit name is Koox Koo-Naak.

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