The head of a powerful association representing a significant portion of Alaska’s trawling sector is stepping down after more than three decades in the role.

Brent Paine, executive director of the United Catcher Boats (UCB), a group representing around 70 trawl vessels harvesting fish in Alaska, confirmed to IntraFish he is leaving the association at the end of the year. A search for his replacement is underway. He has served as executive director for the group since 1993.

Brent Paine is leaving his role as executive director at United Catcher Boats.