ABOUT WFOA:

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
Phone: 530-229-1097
Fax: 530-232-0701
Email: wfoa@charter.net

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATIONS:

Letter for Potential Members and App 2017

Regular & Associate Member / Vessel Owners
Supporting Member / Businesses
Supporting Member / Letter
Retired & Crewmember

OFFICERS / DIRECTORS / STAFF

Officers:  President – Lewis Hill, Vice President – Karl Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer – Teresa Reeves

DIRECTORS:

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Don Bellham
Frank Ross – Alternate

PUGET SOUND 
Karl Johnson
John McKinnon
Michael Brown
Bruce Samuelson
Rod McVicker
Larz Holmdahl – Alternate

ASTORIA /WESTPORT 
Louie Hill
Ed Bittner
Libie Cain
Doug Fricke
Ron Harper
Ron Anderson – Alternate

COOS BAY / NEWPORT
Henry deRonden
Barry Nelson
Shawn Ryan
Jerry Bates – Alternate

EUREKA / FORT BRAGG 
Aaron Newman
Paul Pellegrini – Alternate

SAN FRANCISCO / OAKLAND 
Vacant

MOSS LANDING 
Steve Fosmark
Tom Hart – Alternate

MORRO BAY 
Wayne Moody

SAN DIEGO / SoCal / Hawaii
John LaGrange

NEW ZEALAND 
Peter Ballantyne

STAFF 
Wayne Heikkila (Executive Director) Redding, California
Peter H. Flournoy (General Counsel) San Diego, California

The Original WFOA Board in 1967:

1967 Board of directors, Western Fishboat Owners Association

1967 Board of directors, Western Fishboat Owners’ Association

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.