Coastal Villages Update

For Immediate Release                                                           Contact: Dawson Hoover, Coastal Villages
November 6, 2012                                                                                      (907) 278-5151 Office
                                                                                                                             (907) 230-7731 Cell
Coastal Villages Leads Home-Porting Effort: Keeping Jobs and Vessels in Alaska
U.S. Congressional Delegation and Alaska Legislature Hail Move

ANCHORAGE, AK – The reality of parking Coastal Villages Region Fund’s (CVRF) 100% owned and controlled fishing vessels in Alaska has moved a step closer with CVRF’s decision to park five of its salmon and halibut tender vessels in Seward, Alaska this winter – the Wassilie B (107 feet), the Camai (115 feet), the Kelly Mae (135 feet), the Hawk (73 feet) and the Gildy Logger (150 feet).

“Having these vessels in Seward is a welcome sight and we are excited to be working with CVRF,” says Jim Pruitt, President of the Seward Ship Dry Dock. “We are prepared to use the synchro-lift to pull the Camai and Gildy Logger out of the water for the work they need. The shipyard is also prepared to do work on the Kelly Mae, the Hawk, and the Wassilie B.”
“The CVRF-owned vessels currently berthed in Seward have provided an important economic stimulus for local goods and services, and as the remaining vessels come into the port we will surely see that impact multiply,” says Ron Long, Assistant City Manager of the City of Seward. “We are honored to work with CVRF in moving their fleet to their home state of Alaska. This is the beginning of a historic move of statewide significance.”
As for CVRF’s larger deep draft vessels that fish for pollock, crab, and cod – the Northern Hawk (341 feet), the Arctic Sea (135 feet), the North Sea (126 feet), the Bering Sea (110 feet), the Lilli Ann (141 feet), the Deep Pacific (130 feet), and the North Cape (123 feet) – the parking space and services are not available in Alaska.
At least not yet.

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The City of Seward was awarded $400,000 to begin a relocation study in 2011 that was completed in early 2012. An additional $10 million is tagged for Seward’s port project in the $453 million transportation bond package before the voters on November 6, 2012. The study revealed that substantially more than $10 million is needed to adequately construct the port to meet Coastal’s growing and potential needs. “This project has grown as we learn more about the expanding CVRF fleet,” says Kim Neilson of R&M Consultants, Inc.
“The current budget request is a good starting point to keep the project moving in the right direction.”
No matter the outcome on November 6, Alaska’s U.S. Congressional Delegation is taking note of CVRF’s efforts to Alaskanize the Bering Sea fisheries.
“I am encouraged by Coastal Villages’ efforts to move its fishing fleet to Alaska,” says U.S. Senator Mark Begich. “Using Seward as a home-port for these vessels will boost the local economy and create jobs. This move encourages much-needed investment in ports and harbors along the Alaska coast and the Arctic as fishing and resource development expands.”
“These vessels work in Alaska and fish in Alaska, so it only makes sense that they are home-ported in our state,” says U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski. “Alaskans know firsthand the unique conditions in our waters and how best to protect our fleet, so this will be a win-win for CVRF’s ships and the economy of Seward, where the drydock will help them get ready for next season. As our waters open up and America better understands our Arctic opportunities, this is an example of efficiency and vision for a crucial economic engine for our
state.”
“This is great news for Alaska – and most importantly – the city of Seward,” says U.S. Representative Don Young. “Whether it’s the fishing industry directly or the support industry that provides crucial services, this move will greatly benefit both the Seward and Alaskan economies. I commend CVRF for their commitment to Alaska and hope to see more of this in the future.”
The Alaska Legislature has also taken note, encouraged by CVRF’s efforts to home-port vessels in Alaska. The State of Alaska passed House Joint Resolution 27 in April of 2011primarily sponsored by Homer, Alaska’s Representative Paul Seaton in support of CVRF’s efforts to home port its fishing fleet from Seattle to Alaska. “I was pleased to sponsor the effort to expand port and harbor infrastructure which will allow the Bering Sea fleet the ability to home port in Alaska, “says Representative Seaton. “The economic development may start with the facilities in Seward, but the direct and support jobs will increase economic activity for many across Alaska.”

“Seward is a fitting place to start Alaskanizing the fisheries,” says Dawson Hoover of CVRF. “Though Seward currently lacks the infrastructure we need to replace our facilities in Seattle, the people of Seward are working very hard to change that. It was an extra-special ‘Alaska Day’ this year at Coastal when we honored U.S. Secretary of State William Seward for the purchase of Alaska. Today’s Seward has been a great partner in the crusade to move the Alaska fleet north for the first time in history.”
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CVRF is a 501(c)(4) Alaska non-profit corporation whose 20 member villages are along the west coast of Alaska from Scammon Bay to Platinum. CVRF is believed to be the largest Alaskan-owned seafood company in history and is governed by a 20-member Board of Directors elected by the residents of its 20 member communities. CVRF is dedicated to providing economic development in its 20 member communities by creating sensible, tangible and long-term opportunities that generate Hope for residents who want to Fish and Work. CVRF is the largest jobs provider in its member villages and is the first CDQ group to own and control the vessels that harvest its CDQ allocations. For more information, visit www.coastalvillages.org or contact Dawson Hoover at 907-278-5151. Please visit CVRF’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoastalVillagesRegionFund and Twitter page at www.twitter.com/CoastalVillages

4 Comments

  1. Carol Griswold says:

    I hope to see another town meeting SOON about the promised economic analysis and boat basin design. It’s long overdue!

    Carol Griswold

  2. zesty enterprise says:

    Nowhere in this stiff report are there any specifics. I read: “important economic stimulus” and “will boost the local economy and create jobs” and “will increase economic activity“. But I also read the big loophole verbiage reminiscent of all big Alaska boondoggles, like “this project has grown as we learn more about the expanding CVRF fleet,” and the one that should give all of us fiscal conservatives a shudder: “the current budget request is a good starting point”. When will the City boosters show us some numbers?

    • Well the transportation bill has passed which gives city of Seward another 10 mill. to spend on CVRV Harbor project, apparently the first 400k was 100% spent studying SMIC as the only option for a harbor! HMMM.. now let me first say I am vested in an possible optional site for a small boat Harbor in Seward, by my count their are about 6 or 7 such sites around the head of Ress. Bay.
      Vested or not I believe we need an impartial study of the relevant sites and then compare the top ones to SMIC if SMIC does not come out no 1 Currently the mind set with city admin. and Council appears to be to invest in smic at all costs and no other sites are being considered.
      In light of recent developments on Anchorages port boondoggle, 250 mill. Lost and written of due to construction mistakes, to put it kindly, it would seem we are setting our selves up for another huge waste of public money with no oversite and no site selection process, just do it and if its a mistake we will worry about it after the moneys gone! And their is no garantee that SMIC is the best location, the current plan is to dig out all the acreage on both sides of the north dock, dirt that we paid good money to put their and that we have just finally retired the mortage (bonds) for! Lets dig a 100 mill. doller hole then decide its no good and spend another 100 mill. filling it back in! Wonderful public policy, who gets all the money (200 mill.) ? Not us! Maybe the contractor friends of those in charge of spending that money?
      We have 10 million to forward this project, lets take whatever portion is required, study all potential sites, compare them to SMIC and may the best site win! This is the correct procedure to ensure sewardites the best value for the development dollar and that large sums of “our” public money are not squandered in the all to familiar way! I will present this option to city council at the next regularly scheduled council meeting at public comment time at start and end of the council meeting.
      Best wishes for the holidays to friends, neighbors and sll SEward. Thank you Tim

  3. ~in a small town... says:

    And then there’s the unspoken costs of building a rail spur and maintaining
    it over to the Seward marine area site, which it should have had all along.

    No point in not having a heavy move capability near a heavy industrial port.
    Especially when this is the only allegedly ‘ice free’ southern Alaska railport.

    That funding should’ve been part of all that senseless 1980s spending spree.
    Instead, we saw parts of a ‘grain export terminal’ that never materialized here.
    Who was behind all that misappropriation of oil wealth, and no rail extension?
    There are so many buried skeletons of half-baked ideas across the USA…

    ~in a small town…
    kenai mountains, alaska