DATE: January 30, 2001      NO: 01-35

CONTACT: K. Renee Howell  PHONE: (907) 465-2766 

Department of Labor and Workforce Development

News Release


The Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council will hold its spring meeting the week of February 26, 2001, at the Westmark Baranof Hotel, 127 N. Franklin Street, Conference Room 307 in Juneau. 

Agenda items include a review of the fund’s current financial condition, policies and regulations governing its administration, and a review of claims that have not been approved by the fund administrator. Those individuals with claim(s) scheduled for review have been or will be notified ten days in advance of the meeting.

The business portion of the meeting is open to the public and convenes at 9 AM, Monday, February 26. The council will hear public testimony between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on services and matters pertinent to the Fishermen’s Fund program. The business portion of the meeting will conclude following public testimony.

The Fishermen’s Fund assists injured and disabled fishermen who have incurred emergency medical costs as a result of injuries or illnesses, directly connected with operations as a fisherman in Alaska, not otherwise covered by public or private insurance. Coverage is limited to $2,500 unless an extension is granted. The fund is administered by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and subsidized by a portion of revenue derived from commercial fishing license or permit fees. 

The Director of Workers’ Compensation, Paul Grossi, chairs the council. Council members representing fishermen throughout the state will be in attendance at the spring meeting.

The State of Alaska complies with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities who may need auxiliary aids, services, and/or special modifications to participate in this public meeting of the Fishermen’s Fund Advisory and Appeals Council should contact K. Renee Howell, Fishermen’s Fund Administrator, at (907) 465-6045 or 1-888-520-2766, no later than 4:00 p.m. February 20, to make any necessary arrangements.

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