The North Pacific Fisheries Association or NPFA was incorporated in 1955. Its
primary function , during the first two decades, was as a marketing entity. It
served as a vehicle for negotiating salmon prices in both the Cook Inlet seine and
gillnet commercial fisheries. As the post statehood salmon fisheries expanded and
commercial fishing in general developed the scope of NPFA’s role expanded to
include local crab price negotiations . With the advent of halibut IFQ’s, NPFA
became active in both halibut and ground fish topics, working to keep its members
and surrounding area fishermen up to date on the evolving management structure.
NPFA is and has been a member of UFA , United Fishermen of Alaska, and is active in
all aspects of Alaska’s management processes, sending representatives to the
Alaska Board of Fish meetings, International Pacific Halibut Commission meetings,
North Pacific Council meetings, and United Fishermen of Alaska board meetings. NPFA
has, is, and will continue to be, a vehicle for fishermen to use as an information source and
an entity by which their views may be expressed.