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In 1994, Julie Decker arrived in Ketchikan to work in a cannery during summer break from college, and she has worked in Alaska’s seafood industry ever since.   Her work experience has been varied and includes: deckhand, diver, vessel owner, and management of both for-profit and non-profits. 

Julie has also served on various boards and committees working toward economic development in the seafood industry, including the Southeast Conference, United Fishermen of Alaska, and the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.  In 2016, Julie was elected to a second term on the Wrangell Assembly.  Currently, Julie is the Executive Director of the Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation (AFDF).  In the summers, she takes vacation time to commercial fish with her family on the F/V McCrea out of Wrangell.