Chris Mierzejek is one of the newly appointed board members of AFDF. Chris started work with APICDA in 1998 and has moved up the internal ranks of the company. Chris currently serves as APICDA’s Director of Administration, a position he has held for the past 13 years. In addition to being a long time Alaska resident, Chris commercially fished and worked at the Medvejie and Sheldon Jackson College hatcheries in the early 1980’s. While in St. George in the early 1990’s, Chris developed and implemented a successful salmon hatchery program for the St. George School. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Fishery Science. Chris currently sits on the AKCRRAB steering committee, and is exploring mariculture/aquaculture opportunities projects for APICDA. Chris frequently interacts with various fishery related agencies both in the industry and regulatory arena. In Chris’s current position with APICDA, senior management allows Chris latitude to research and develop economic opportunities for the member communities of APICDA which include Atka, Akutan, False Pass, Nelson Lagoon, Nikolski and St. George.
Chris currently lives in Anchorage with his wife Beverly, daughter Samantha, and in-laws Ella and Andronik Kashevarof. Though no longer a commercial fisherman, Chris continues to pursue personal use fishing throughout the state. He also, on occasion, likes to chase deer in the fall.