Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance

Protecting Alaska's Fish.


To conserve fisheries in urban areas of Alaska for all its citizens.

The mission of AFCA is to conserve the fisheries of Alaska for all citizens.

We work to conserve and protect species that are in danger of inadequate escapement, over-fishing, deadly by-catch, and other threats that may jeopardize the future of Alaska’s fisheries.  We develop alliances with other concerned organizations to interact and advocate with local governments, legislators, administrative agencies, boards, and others to ensure the protection of fishery resources, focusing on the urban, non-subsistence areas of Alaska.

Our board includes people from around Alaska who are committed to the future of Alaska’s fisheries.

Board of Directors

Joe Connors, President

A University of Alaska, Anchorage Professor Emeritus, retired United States Army Captain, and former set netter, Connors currently serves on a variety of advisory and non-profit boards including the Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board, The Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council, and the Kenai River Professional Guide Association. He has lived in Alaska since 1970.



Bill MacKay, Board Chair

Mackay is the former Alaska Airlines senior vice president for Alaska, where he oversaw all aspects of the airline’s passenger and cargo service throughout the state.  A 35-year veteran of the airline, MacKay was also responsible for the company’s Public and Government Affairs Division that includes corporate communications, corporate giving, and government affairs efforts. Before his time with Alaska Airlines, McKay served for six years in the U. S. Air Force and worked for Continental Airlines. Active in both industry and civic affairs, MacKay served on the board of the Alaska Raptor Center and currently serves on the Kenai River Sportfishing Association.


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Dennis Gease, Vice President

A retired corporate pilot and vice chair of the Southcentral Alaska Dipnetters Association, Gease has served as a member of the Kenai-Soldotna Fish and Game Advisory Committee and the Board of Fisheries Cook Inlet King Salmon Task Force. He is a past board member of the Kenai Watershed Forum and Bishop's Attic. He coordinates two angler stewardship programs at Kenai River Sportfishing Association - Hooked On Fishing and Catch, Clean and Cook.  


Earl Frawner, Director

A business owner and entrepreneur, Frawner Came to Alaska in 1980 from Oklahoma City and worked at Prudhoe Bay for a year and a half before starting his business Alaska Road Boring, which put cable TV throughout Anchorage.  They expanded into site work, water lines, and sewer construction.  In 2010, Frawner sold his business to his son Jay.

Dale McBride, Director

A retired attorney living in West Virginia, McBride’s focuses include energy and business law. McBride started and managed several businesses engaged in commercial and industrial real estate development, and sales of products and services to the coal, copper, and construction industries across much of the US.

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Bob Penney, Director

The owner/broker of Penco Properties, an Anchorage based real estate brokerage company specializing in real estate investments, development, sales, and property management, Penney’s development experience includes single and multi-family residential projects, mobile home parks, commercial properties, retail buildings, and land development in eight western states.  At present time, Mr. Penney has numerous business interests and real property holdings in Alaska, Washington, California, Oregon, Mexico and Utah.


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Ken Federico, Director

Ken Federico has called Alaska home for nearly 4 decades. As an avid hunter and fisherman, he serves as the chair of the South Central Alaska Dipnetters Association and has been actively involved in Alaska’s fishery issues for the last 10 years. Originally from New York, Federico works in construction on the North Slope. 

Derek Leichliter, Director

Derek Leichliter, Director

Derek Leichliter is a lifelong Alaskan and was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. Currently an entrepreneur and businessman, Derek previously worked as a setnetter in Nikiski, where he saw the devastation of bycatch from set nets first hand. As a father and avid outdoorsman, Derek wants to see Alaska's fisheries thrive for generations to come. 


Clark Penney, Executive Director