Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers hire ASMI’s Fick as executive director

The Alaska Bering Sea Crabbers, a trade organization representing crab harvesters fishing in federal waters off Alaska, has appointed Tyson Fick as its new executive director, effective 1 December.

ABSC, which represents commercial entities fishing for king, snow and bairdi crab, is involved scientific research, policy development and the marketing of crab products. Its overarching organizational goal is “to ensure the long-term sustainability of Alaska crab fisheries,” according to its release.

“Tyson brings tremendous skills in seafood marketing and policy advocacy to the organization. We are looking forward to having him aboard,” ABSC President Kale Garcia said in a press release.

Fick has worked as the communications director for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute for the last six years. Prior to his job at ASMI, Fick was the legislative liaison for Alaska’s Department of Commerce Community and Economic Development, and a legislative staffer before that. Fick has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing from Washington State University. 

ABSC’s main office is in Seattle, Washington. As part of his initial duties with the group, Fick will be tasked with establishing a satellite office in Juneau, Alaska, the state’s capital.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work in an iconic fishery with some really smart and talented people," Fick said. "Consumer demand has never been stronger; Alaska crab is well-known to be the best in the world. I'm looking forward to taking on new challenges and advancing the goals and priorities of ABSC."


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