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The United Cook Inlet Drift Association (UCIDA) was incorporated in 1980 to represent the 570 drift gillnet salmon fishing permit holders in Alaska’s Cook Inlet. UCIDA’s purpose is to enhance and perpetuate the interests of this valuable commercial salmon fishing industry.

Wild Alaskan salmon have been commercially harvested in Cook Inlet since 1882. Over the past twenty years, the drift gillnet fishing fleet has harvested more than 271 million pounds of salmon, primarily sockeye salmon. The combined efforts of the drift and set gillnet fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet have produced average annual harvests of over 23 million pounds of wild salmon for the American and world markets during the past twenty years. Five percent of the world’s supply of sockeye salmon comes from Cook Inlet.

UCIDA’s Board of Directors and staff work to promote responsible management to ensure the long-term health of this abundant salmon resource and the resulting opportunities and benefits it provides. The day-to-day work of UCIDA covers an extremely broad range of issues that ultimately affect salmon, their harvest and marketing. These may include fishery management, invasive species, oil and gas lease sales, navigation issues, endangered species acts, oil spill response, local, state and federal regulatory issues and both state and federal litigation.

The nine members of the Board of Directors serve staggered three-year terms. Elections are held at annual membership meetings. Members (Upper Cook Inlet drift gillnet permit holders) and Associate Members are encouraged to attend all Board meetings.



Office Manager – Audrey Salmon – info@ucida.org

Board of Directors

David MartinPresidentF/V Kaguyak
Erik Huebsch1st VPF/V Williwaw
Dan Anderson2nd VPF/V Paragon
Dino SutherlandSec/TreasF/V Rivers End
Ilia KuzminDirectorF/V Currency
John McCombsDirectorF/V Rayo Verde
Ian PitzmanDirectorF/V Stephanie Ann
Steve TvenstrupDirectorF/V Alaskan Lady
Dyer VanDevereDirectorF/V Swift Arrow


43961 K-Beach Road, Suite E
Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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Good Morning,

Please find the attached UCI commercial fishing harvest through August 16.


Alyssa Frothingham
UCI Assistant Area Management Biologist
43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite B
Soldotna, AK 99669-8276
Phone: 907-260-2916
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Coast Guard Medevacs Man From Vessel Near Uganik Bay, Alaska

August 20, 2019

A 56-year-old man was medevacked from fishing vessel Caiti Jo by the Coast Guard near Uganik Bay Alaska on August 17.

A notification was received by Watchstanders at Sector Anchorage command center at 4:42 p.m. The notification stated that the crewman was suffering from stroke-related symptoms. After the Coast Guard duty flight surgeon was consulted, a medevac was recommended, and the crew got to work.

An aircrew from Air Station Kodiak operated an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and hoisted the crewman from the vessel, and transported him to emergency medical services in Kodiak at 7 p.m.

At the time, the weather was clear with 17 mph winds and one-foot seas.

Ryan Doyle
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Genetic Study of Sockeye Salmon in B.C. River Suggests 75% Decline Since 1913

Copyright © 2019 CBC/ Radio-Canada
By Bethany Lindsay
August 20, 2019

A new study that suggests sockeye returns have dropped by three-quarters in the Skeena River over the last century should serve as a "wake-up call" for B.C., the lead researcher says.

The paper, published in the journal Conservation Letters, used genetic tools to trace the historical trends in sockeye populations in the country's second largest watershed for salmon.

It pushes estimates of sockeye abundance all the way back to 1913 — previously used data only began in the 1960s — suggesting a much more dramatic decline.

The research indicates annual sockeye returns to the Skeena have dropped from about 1.8 million to 469,000 in the last 100 years, an overall decline of about 74 per cent.

"I'm hopeful it's a wake-up call to the rest of the province," said lead researcher Michael Price, a PhD candidate in biological sciences at Simon Fraser University.

"We've been seeing these warning signs that salmon are diminishing and yet … we continue to make decisions that are not in the best interests of salmon."

Fisheries May Be Driving Decline

The study relied on what Price describes as a "biological treasure chest" of sockeye scales that have been collected since 1912, before the introduction of motorized fishing boats on the river.

By following genetic markers in the DNA extracted from those scales, the scientists were able to trace patterns of abundance in each of the 13 sockeye populations in the Skeena.

Previous research had suggested declines in seven of those 13 populations over the last 50 years. Price's team found that when they doubled that time frame, every population saw drops of between 56 and 99 per cent.

The researchers also developed a theory for why some populations have declined more sharply than others.

"What we found was those populations with historically the largest body size have declined the most, which suggests that fisheries selectivity is the most probable driver," Price said.

He said there are likely other contributing factors, but selective gill-netting for larger fish appears to be the best explanation.

The results suggest there's an urgent need for recovery plans for sockeye in the Skeena, as well as all salmon species across the province, Price argues.

"I'm hopeful this historical perspective provides us the information that can make more informed decisions in the future," he said.
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