Sand Point fisherman Kiley Thompson joins Aleutia board

Kiley Thompson of Sand Point was elected to the Aleutia Board of Directors at the organization’s annual membership meeting in May. Thompson replaces long-time board member Wayne Gunderson, also of Sand Point, who did not seek reelection.

 

Thompson is captain of the fishing vessel Decision. He actively fishes for salmon and groundfish every year. In addition to his work on the Aleutia board, Thompson is president of the Peninsula Fisherman’s Coalition. Like many local residents around the Aleutians East Borough (AEB), Thompson’s family is a multi-generational fishing family. His 16-year old daughter Madison is fishing with her dad this salmon season. Son Logan, 13, is fishing aboard the F/V Gambler with his uncle Aleutia Vice-President Dan Cumberlidge.

 

Aleutia is overseen by a seven-member board of directors made up of harvesters and residents from communities across the AEB. Board members are elected to three-year terms.

 

Aleutia is a community-based organization made up of local fishing families who harvest premium wild sockeye salmon around Alaska’s remote Eastern Aleutian Islands and Western Peninsula. Each Aleutia sockeye salmon is hand-picked, partly processed and iced immediately at sea to preserve the wild, ocean-fresh flavor that’s become Aleutia sockeye’s trademark. Aleutia sockeye fillets, smoked salmon and King Cove-produced king crab and Bairdi crab are available through select retailers around the United States and online at www.aleutia.org.

 

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