In the interest of improving salmon quality and fishing income, BBEDC's RSW Support Program provides assistance to BBEDC CDQ and Bristol Bay Watershed resident fishers for initial and annual start-ups, maintenance, winterization and technical consultation for Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) systems. The value of the services per applicant shall not exceed $1000 per year including any necessary travel and related costs. Applications will be accepted until June 2, 2023.
To be eligible applicants must own a fishing vessel equipped with a mechanical refrigerated seawater system or be committed to installing one this calendar year through either BBEDC's Vessel Upgrade Grant or RSW Purchase Program. As with all BBEDC programs, a current BBEDC Affidavit of Residency and Relationship Disclosure Form must be on file with BBEDC. Applicants must also hold an Alaska CFEC Bristol Bay salmon permit or provide a copy of a contract to fish in the coming season with a CFEC Bristol Bay salmon permit holder; the permit holder must also document residency in a BBEDC CDQ or Bristol Bay Watershed community.
For more information contact the Regional Fisheries Development office at 907-842-4370 or 1-800-478-4370.