The Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Soldotna, Alaska.

KRSA’s original focus was on the Kenai River; however, we have expanded efforts to protect fisheries and recreational fishing throughout the state of Alaska.

Our Mission

To ensure the sustainability of the greatest sportfishing river in the world – the Kenai. KRSA’s area of responsibility encompasses the Kenai River watershed, greater Cook Inlet Basin, and Alaska.



Conserve and rehabilitate fisheries habitat to maintain and improve the Kenai River and watersheds for sustainable fisheries


Promote predictable and meaningful sport and personal use fishing opportunity


Encourage and foster fisheries, economic, and conservation research to advance information for management of sustainable fisheries


Provide public education and outreach to promote stewardship of fisheries resources.

KRSA History - Established in 1984

Kenai River Sportfishing Association was founded in 1984 and has become Alaska’s leading fishery conservation organization. Located in Soldotna, Alaska, KRSA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, with a dedicated board of directors, staff, consultants, and thousands of passionate volunteers, members, and supporters.

KRSA has raised and leveraged millions of dollars that have helped restore fish habitat, provided responsible angler access, advocated for meaningful sport and personal use fishing opportunities for local food security and enhanced socio-economic values, advanced information through research on fish, habitat, and economics for management of sustainable fisheries, and educated the public, anglers, and youth on stewardship of fishery resources.

Our board

Bill Eckhardt

Chair, (President, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Retired)

Jim Brady

Vice Chair (Brady Investments, LLC)

Linda Leary

Vice-President (Owner, FisheWear)

Kristin Mellinger

Vice-President (Owner, V3 Strategic Solutions, LLC)

Kevin Branson

Secretary & Treasurer (CPA, Thomas Head & Greisen)

Joseph Balash

(Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Santos, Ltd.)

Ross Baxter

(The Ross Baxter Group, Jack White Realty)

Rik Bucy

(Manager, Tesoro Northstores, Retired)

Laura Edmondson

(Owner, Edmondson Consulting, LLC)

Eric B. Fjelstad

(Partner, Perkins Coie, LLP)

Ed Fogels

(Deputy Commissioner, Alaska DNR, Retired)

Scott Habberstad

(Alaska Airlines, Sales & Community Marketing)

Josh Hayes

(Guide, Alaska Trout Guides)

Verne Martell

(Former Alaska Business Owner)

Eldon Mulder

(President, The Mulder Company)

Mike Pawlowski

(Partner, Strategy North Group)

Juna Penney

(Municipality of Anchorage, Retired)

Mark Spencer

(Registered Guide Outfitter/Dipnet Charter Guide, AK Expeditions)

Rick Whitbeck

(Alaska State Director, Power the Future)

Our staff

Shannon Martin

Executive Director

Megan McKay

Operations Manager

Natalie Casebeer

Program Coordinator

Our consultants

Kevin Delaney

Delaney Outdoors

Ray Beamesderfer

Fish Science Solutions

Reuben Hanke

Alaska Fish Solutions

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