GAPP salutes tireless efforts of Don Young

Rep. Don Young at the Cordova Center. (Aug. 31, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Among the dozens of tributes pouring in this past week for Rep. Don Young, who passed away a tireless advocate for a flight home to Alaska, was one from the Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers, calling him tireless advocate for all Alaska seafood.

“Congressman Don Young was a tireless advocate for the Wild Alaska Pollock fishery and for all Alaska Seafood and the dedicated men and women who harvest one of Alaska’s most bountiful, valuable resources,” GAPP said in a statement issued on Saturday, March 19. “Congressman Young was a steadfast supporter of the Magnuson Stevens Act, a champion for the legislation that protected the Wild Alaska Pollock name here in the U.S. and for countless other legislative efforts that protected, supported and empowered fisheries like Wild Alaska Pollock to forge ahead.”

Young had a well-earned reputation as the resident historian, advisor and counsel and was respected by his colleagues across both sides of the aisle for his service to country above all else, the statement said.

The statement concluded that “GAPP sends its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the entire Young family, Congressman Young’s colleagues and friends during this difficult time. It is our hope that as they mourn this great loss they know that his legacy will live on.”