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Coastal understands the importance of community involvement in the development and delivery of programs and services for the benefit of the region. Our CSC staff are always available for residents to inquire about any of our programs and services. We also have this website, a company facebook page, quarterly newsletters, annual reports, and company videos to provide additional information.
We encourage residents to provide input on our current programs and services, as well as ideas for new programs and services to better serve the region as a whole. Get involved, take action, and help us provide a better future for our future generations.
The people of the CVRF region can not tolerate the injustice caused by the inequitable distribution of CDQ resources from the Bering Sea. Without access to the raw materials that CVRF turns into product that we then sell into the worldwide market, there would be no maney to fund the programs and projects that CVRF provides in our region. CVRF residents who want MORE benefits provided in the region are encouraged to take up the issue and urge Congress to allocate the public resources of the Bering Sea on a fair basis so that all CDQ residents benefit equally from the Program.
Approximately 26,000 residents reside in the 65 communities participating in the CDQ Program. CVRF serves 20 of the 65 communities and more than 1/3 of the total population of CDQ residents. Coastal’s ability to provide programs comes directly from our Bering Sea pollock, cod, and crab earnings. Coastal is seeking equitable allocations in the Program so that the residents of our 20 member villages will receive an equal share of all CDQ fisheries rather than the reduced shares we currently receive. With equitable CDQ allocations, CVRF will be able to provide even more opportunity for region residents to gain their economic independence.
CVRF has a company facebook page at www.facebook.com/CoastalVillagesRegionFund. Check us out and like our facebook page.
Coastal participates in fisheries management meetings and analyzes their impact on economic development in the CVRF region. As a stakeholder in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands groundfish and crab fisheries, CVRF participates in various fishery regulatory meetings including:
Coastal’s CSC staff are asked to attend local and region meetings to represent the company. They report Coastal’s activities to the community and report the community’s activities to the company. Contact your local CSC staff and share your ideas
Coastal’s quarterly newsletters and annual reports provide up-to-date information to residents about the company. Residents who wish to be added to the mailing list should call 888-795-5151 or can obtain an electronic copy online at http://www.coastalvillages.org/media/reports.
Videos are a great tool for providing a clearer understanding of the growing opportunities and services provided by Coastal. We have released a handful of videos to date and have the capability to develop more for future functions. Check videos here
As western Alaska’s communities gain ownership in the Bering Sea fisheries through the CDQ Program, our thoughts, ideas, and opinions are increasingly called upon in fishery management decisions. Before you consider taking action, we encourage you to contact your local CVRF representative or the CVRF main office at 888-795-5151 to get all relevant information as management decisions may adversely impact CDQ benefits for our communities. CVRF will try to provide you with unbiased, accurate information.
CVRF encourages you to contribute by voicing your support for CVRF and the CDQ program to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) and the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF). CVRF’s participation in the Bering Sea provides our 20 member communities an opportunity to fish and work, thereby generating hope for our residents! All of the programs CVRF offers are paid for with earnings from the Bering Sea, particularly the Bering Sea pollock fishery. It is important to fully understand all the information and consequences of decisions before taking actions that could affect Bering Sea fisheries.
CVRF’s success is measured by its ability to provide opportunities for our residents to fish and work. As we work to continue, modify, or add to our programs, we hope you will take the time to contribute your constructive input about how we can improve our ability to provide these opportunities fairly and maximize their value to residents.