Jon has graciously offered me a chance to discuss ATA issues on this board. If you have read some of my other posts (see: Treaty, USCG, 'Great Site!', etc) you will see that communication with the fleet is an ongoing issue in itself. Hopefully this will help remedy the situation a bit, while not dominating the great dialogue you have going on basic troll matters.
I'll check this site from time to time and welcome your questions. Please keep in mind that I will be cautious about sensitive information and may encourage a call if it's something better left un-posted to the world wide web. And, at times my schedule isn't conducive to a daily check - so I beg your patience. As always, drop me an email or give a call to the office those times that you need quicker attention. I'm a one-person show these days and often not at my desk, so leaving 'best time and number' to call during the work week helps us make contact. For your convenience, there is an answering service when I'm out of town or in meetings. I check email most every day.
As I'm sure you've noticed, you have a lot of issues impacting your operations. Please consider joining ATA and enlisting your fishing buddies, deckhands, and the businesses you work with. Just like your fishing operation, the association's costs continue to climb, which is a challenge when trying to cover all the bases and provide adequate staffing. Together you can build a bigger and stronger organization to work the issues and better inform the fleet - it's up to YOU!
Best of Success in 2008!
Dale Kelley, Executive Director
Alaska Trollers Association
(907) 586-9400 firstname.lastname@example.org