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The Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program was created for the people who live in the 65 villages within 50 miles of the Bering Sea coast. The goal of the CDQ Program was to give the people in these 65 villages the chance to participate in the Bering Sea Pollock, crab, cod, and other groundfish fisheries.
Through the CDQ Program, CVRF earns money in the Bering Sea fisheries and reinvests in Bering Sea vessels and quota to maximize those earnings. CVRF uses the earnings to create jobs, programs and other opportunities that help to build the economic independence of CVRF’s 20 member communities. In order to participate in CVRF’s programs, you must be a resident of one of CVRF’s 20 member villages.
There are over 9,200 people who reside in CVRF’s 20 villages and who therefore are eligible to participate in CVRF’s programs. CVRF used PFD data informally for many years, and in 2013, we adopted a uniform standard for CVRF residency that is based on the Alaska PFD standard. The uniform CVRF residency standard applies to all CVRF activities for which “residency” is required, including scholarships, eligibility for CDQ fishery participation, employment programs, participation in the People Propel® Program, service on the CVRF Board of Directors, and other CVRF activities and programs.
Why is residency important? The fundamental idea behind the CDQ Program is to give the communities on the shores of the Bering Sea the chance to participate in the modern, sustainable and lucrative commercial fisheries of the Bering Sea. By tying the program to residency, the CDQ “equity” in these fisheries cannot leave our communities. Generations from now, the people actually living in our communities will still be the effective “owners” of CVRF, will still serve on its Board of Directors, and will still control the future and fate of our CDQ group and the benefits we get from the Bering Sea.
If a person leaves the community, he/she is no longer eligible to participate in CVRF’s programs. He/she does not take away any “shares” in the company. Every child in our communities will have the same right to participate in CVRF activities as his/her parents and grandparents. Each new person that moves to our communities can also participate, regardless of race, sex, religion, lineage, tribal membership, or being a shareholder in a Native corporation. Residency is a fundamental tenet of the CDQ Program and of CVRF’s mission and programs. It keeps the CDQ Program in our communities.
Residency is important.
To qualify for CVRF activities that require residency, you must be able to answer yes to all of the following statements:
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Unlike the PFD rules, sentencing or incarceration for a felony or misdemeanor does not automatically disqualify someone as a “resident” for purposes of CVRF activities, though it may disqualify him/her for certain CVRF jobs and opportunities such as working aboard a CVRF vessel or operating CVRF machinery.
In general, the absences allowed by the PFD program will be allowed for CVRF residency, including absences for education, military service, medical treatment, providing care, etc. To the extent there is any dispute about an absence, the PFD rules will serve as guidelines and the final determination of residency will be determined by CVRF (see below).
CVRF is an approved user of the Alaska PFD database. If CVRF is able to determine from the database that an individual has qualified for a PFD with a CVRF member community as his/her physical residence, the individual shall be presumed to be a CVRF resident.
CVRF reserves the right to make final determinations about residency. CVRF will take into account applicable statutes, regulations and CVRF policies, as well as fairness and common sense. CVRF may seek a written opinion from the governing body, CVRF board member and/or senior CVRF employee in the member community in settling any dispute about CVRF residency.