The Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association develops commercial and sport fishing industry related opportunities to enhance the long-term social and economic viability of the coastal communities and their residents in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands.
APICDA will optimize benefits to its member communities and their residents through the development of infrastructure and fishery support services in the communities, the acquisition of seafood related businesses, including fishing vessels and/or processing facilities and support service industries at economically beneficial prices, and the acquisition of harvest and processing rights. By enabling the communities to participate in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Island fisheries, APICDA will:
• Promote and participate in business opportunities with capital investment funds;
• Relieve chronic social problems through the creation of jobs, and encourage individual growth through educational and vocational opportunities;
• Promote community control over their individual economic and social destinies; and,
• Continue to assist each community as they make the transition from reliance upon a CDQ allocation to economic and social self-sufficiency.
APICDA’s purpose is to develop stable local economies based upon the fishing industry in each of our communities. Stable economies provide employment opportunities for local residents, tax revenue for local governments, economic growth in the community and region, a higher standard of living, and a reduction in social problems. CDQ allocations provide two potential opportunities to assist in developing stable local economies.
The first is to generate revenue through royalties which can be used to fund education, training and employment programs, and to invest in local infrastructure and businesses. The second is to provide raw product to support business ventures at the local level. To the extent possible APICDA is committed to harvesting and processing its CDQ allocations through vessels and processing facilities it owns all or part of, and to the maximum extent possible to process CDQ allocations at facilities APICDA owns in one or more of its communities.
The State finds that "APICDA has maintained or improved its overall performance regarding the criteria set out in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 2006."
Robots and Fish Guts - Nelson Lagoon and False Pass Students Participate in Science Week
VIDEO: NOAA Puts Pribilof Islands Documentary Online The national Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration has posted on YouTube its 2009 documentary on the Unangan people of the Pribilof Islands, "People of the Seal". The hour long film was nominated for best documentary at the American Indian Film Festival.