50th Anniversary of Western Fishboat Owners Association 1967 – 2017
Western Fishboat Owners’ Association (WFOA), a non-profit association representing albacore troll-vessel owners and supporting businesses in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. Is pleased to announce that 2017 is our 50th year as an organization. It started by fishermen back in 1967 as a way to stabilize market prices for albacore tuna and has evolved over the years into a group representing fishermen in markets, pricing, management and regulation from the state levels to the international level. Our membership has been stable throughout those years as has the fishing and stocks we fish on with only a few seasons exceptions.
The Western Fishboat Owners’ Association (WFOA) management includes 20 directors from 10 districts. The number of directors in each district is based on the total number of regular members in each district. The numbers are reapportioned each year prior to the annual general membership meeting. WFOA is based in Redding, California and hires office help and other staff as needed.
CONTACT INFORMATION:Western Fishboat Owners’ Association
P.O. Box 992723
Redding, CA 96099
OFFICERS / DIRECTORS / STAFF
Officers: President – Lewis Hill, Vice President – Karl Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer – Teresa Reeves
Frank Ross – Alternate
Larz Holmdahl – Alternate
Ron Anderson – Alternate
COOS BAY / NEWPORT
Jerry Bates – Alternate
EUREKA / FORT BRAGG
Paul Pellegrini – Alternate
SAN FRANCISCO / OAKLAND
Tom Hart – Alternate
SAN DIEGO / SoCal / Hawaii
Wayne Heikkila (Executive Director) Redding, California
Peter H. Flournoy (General Counsel) San Diego, California
The Original WFOA Board in 1967:
Seated left to right:
Verne Gramling, Doug Brinton, Harry Larsen, Mike Tyler, Bob Insinger (Manager), Ray Wadsworth.
Standing front, left to right:
Paul Hawkins, Chet White, Dick Cramer, Currt Olsen, Leon Cordileone, Leif Reinholdtsen, Ted Jacobsen.
Standing back, left to right:
Bill Winchell, J.V. Shaw, Virgil Smith, Frank LaGamma, Sandy Munro, Herb Gale, Joe Tarantino, Bill Hansen, Arnold Reinholdtsen.