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Frank Kelty is a former ...
Frank Kelty is a former mayor and now resource analyst at the City of Unalaska, a SWAMC member and past president, and formerly a crab plant manager for Alyeska Seafoods/Marubeni/Maruha.
Aleutian Life Forum 2005 - Research Conference
Frank Kelty, Natural Resources Analyst
has lived and worked in Alaska for 34 years and almost all of that time has been spent in Unalaska, Alaska.During his working career, Frank spent 30 years in the Alaska seafood industry with two shorebase companies where he rose to the rank of plant manager at both operations and over-saw the production of millions of pounds of crab and other fish species.In December of 2000, Frank left the seafood industry to work full-time for the City of Unalaska as their Resource Analyst.
Community AchievementsFrank became involved with city government in the early 1980s and served three terms as a city councilman.In 1991, he was elected Mayor of Unalaska and was re-elected four times and served ten years before resigning in December 2000 to begin his new full time position with the City of Unalaska.During Franks ten years as Mayor, he was a strong proponent of quality of life upgrades in the community and during his tenure, the city completed projects well in excess of 100 million dollars.
These projects include a new city hall, community center, museum, library, public works facility, road paving, financial support for new community medical facility, senior citizens housing center, city dock expansions, landfill baler building, wastewater treatment plant, and many new community parks.
In addition, under Frank's leadership, the City took strong positions in fishery issues, supporting increases in the allocation of pollock to shore-side sector of the industry, funding and supporting increases in Steller Sea Lion research, as well as increases to the State of Alaska Department of Fish
& Game budget for shellfish research and increased population surveys.
Throughout the years Frank
has also been involved with many other boards and commissions in Southwest Alaska: He was appointed by two Governors and served six years on the State of Alaska Coastal Policy Council which oversees the Coastal Zone Management Program. He served two terms as President of the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference and has been a board member for ten years.
This organization promotes responsible economic development and opportunities for the people of Southwest Alaska. Currently, Frank is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aleutian West Coastal Resource Service Area, which is a part of the State of Alaska Coastal Zone Management Program. Frank is a former President and a current board member of the Marine Conservation Alliance: an alliance of harvesters, processors, fishery associations and fishery dependant communities that promote the conservation and sustainable use of the marine resources in the North Pacific by supporting a sound science based policy that protects the marine environment and the North Pacific fishing community. Frank has also served on many local boards, commissions and committees through out the years.Frank
is married to Nancy Kelty and they have one daughter and three granddaughters.
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Future brightens for pollock, cod 01/22/02
Market conditions seem in reasonable shape too, according to Frank Kelty, resource specialist with the city of Unalaska.Harvests are up to, Kelty said.
Russia is reducing harvests of pollock and cod off the Russian Far East in an effort to curb overfishing, Kelty
said, and that has tightened supply and lifted prices for surimi, a seafood product made from pollock.
In the Bering Sea, where the bulk of the pollock and cod are caught, the allowable harvest is up from last year because of healthy fish stocks. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council
has set the Bering Sea 2002 pollock harvest at 1.5 million metric tons, up from 1.4 million in 2000.About 135 large vessels are in this fishery, as well as smaller boats serving eight large shore plants.
Better times won't be felt everywhere, however.
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Challenges of 2001 aren't likely to disappear in new year 12/31/01
The outlook for the state's big pollock and cod fishing industry in the Bering Sea is also good with an increase in the allowable catch in 2001 and similar harvest levels expected in 2002, according to Frank Kelty, resource specialist with the city of Unalaska.
Gulf of Alaska communities with fleets fishing for pollock and cod will not fare so well next year, however.The allowable harvest has been cut substantially to allow fish stocks to rebuild.
A positive note for the entire groundfish industry is that controversy related to Steller sea lions have cooled a bit.New research shows the causes of the sea lions' decline to be more complex than believed earlier.
Our Team â€“ Marine Conservation Alliance
Treasurer Frank Kelty