BBRSDA to hold 'town hall' meeting in Dillingham

Mar 1, 2016

A town hall meeting on Wednesday at 5 p.m. will be a chance for Bristol Bay drifters "to talk openly amongst your fellow fishermen," says BBRSDA Director Becky Martello. 

Drift fishermen in Naknek, June 2015. All drift permit holders in the Bay are BBRSDA members, and pay a 1% tax to fund the organization.
Credit KDLG

The Bristol Bay Regional Development Association will hold a town hall meeting in Dillingham Wednesday.

Becky Martello, Executive Director of the BBRSDA, says the informal gathering will be a chance for the Association to hear from its members.

“I know there’s a lot of frustration out there with the price that we just had, and we’re open to sharing ideas and hearing suggestions and talking about those frustrations," says Martello. "I think this is a good opportunity for people to really get informed about what BBRSDA is actually doing. We have a lot of projects on the books. There’ll be a lot of information available, but also a chance to just talk openly amongst your fellow fishermen.”

The meeting will be facilitated by fisherman Michael Jackson of the F/V Kelley J, and is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. in the conference room at the Bristol Bay Native Association. 

Similar town halls meetings will be held in Anchorage, Homer, and Kodiak over the next week, and in Bellingham, WA and Monterey, CA later this month.

The BBRSDA is funded by a one-percent tax on drift fishermen.