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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
Ian Pitzman2nd VPF/V Stephanie Anne
Paul MackieSec/TreasF/V Lorri Lee
Ilia KuzminDirectorF/V Currency
John McCombsDirectorF/V Katydid
Lavrentii (Larry) ReutovDirectorF/V Intrepid
Steve TvenstrupDirectorF/V Alaskan Lady
Dyer VanDevereDirectorF/V Swift Arrow


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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Coast Guard Getting AK's Older Fishing Vessels Up-to-Date on Modern Safety Regs (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 27, 2015 This is Fish Radio.

I’m Laine Welch – Volunteers are needed to help craft new safety regs. More after this

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New rules are being written that apply to older fishing boats to make sure they are safe. It’s called the Alternate Compliance Safety Program , a part of the 2010 US Coast Guard Authorization Act.

“The Alternate Compliance Safety Program is aimed at vessels that are 25 years old by 2020 and greater than 50 feet in length, and operating beyond three nautical miles. So this is a new program.”

Troy Rentz is Alternate Safety Compliance Coordinator for the USCG 13th District. The program will include the bulk of Alaska’s fishing fleet, as most boats by far were built between 1970 and 1989.

“The requirements won’t become mandatory until January 1 of 2010 for most vessels. However the Coast Guard needs to proscribe the program by January 1 of 2017.”

Right now, Rentz says safety teams are gathering data on losses from fishing fatalities, injuries and sinkings. From that they will evaluate the risks based on the regions and fisheries.

“We are still gathering that information and that is going to have a big influence on these programs because we know that each fishery has different gear, different risks in different operating environments, fishing at different times of year. So we don’t want one shoe that fits all here – we want programs that are specific to what they are doing, and effective at preventing losses and injuries.”

And that’s where vessel volunteers come in –

“We’re looking for volunteer vessels, where we could get on board and kind of talk about what their best practices are for preventing casualties – or collisions, for instance or falls overboard. We have some pretty good ideas for things that have been recommended, and we want to talk about those things with the vessel owner and see if it would really be something that would be effective for their particular fishery and operating area”

A requirement of the new safety compliance program, Rentz says, is that it is developed in cooperation with the industry.

“We want people to feel like this is their program, not the Coast guard’s program. It is a cooperative program that is specific to what they are doing and their operations.”

Troy Rentz will be talking about the new safety compliance program and signing up volunteers at ComFish next week in Kodiak – Find links at www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods – serving Alaska’s fishing communities since 1910. On the web at www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

Michael Ramsingh
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Sen. Cantwell Urges Funding for Acidification Research Important to Shellfish Industry

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] - March 27, 2015 -

Yesterday, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) led 20 Senators in a bipartisan letter urging "robust funding" for ocean acidification monitoring systems to protect the nation's $2.8 billion shellfish industry.

In the letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Cantwell called for continued support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Integrated Ocean Acidification Program and the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Data from IOOS sensors and buoys along the nation's coasts have helped shellfish hatcheries determine when to shield their stocks from corrosive sea water.

"Ocean acidification poses a serious threat to coastal economies across the United States," the letter said. "We believe that worsening ocean acidification makes it incumbent on us to protect efforts that are helping maintain shellfish industries across the nation. We also support targeted investments in monitoring and research to increase our ocean acidification monitoring network, and provide critical data to communities that have been identified as high risk."

Joining the letter were Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Angus King (I-ME), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

In 2010, Cantwell secured funding to acquire and deploy ocean acidification sensors near major shellfish hatcheries in Washington state. Today, these sensors, some of which are attached to buoys from the IOOS program, allow shellfish growers to monitor ocean acidity in real-time and close off their shellfish tanks when ocean acidity is too high. Recent studies have shown a connection between ocean acidification and high mortality rates among young oysters and other shellfish like clams, geoduck and mussels.

In the Pacific Northwest, young oyster productivity rose from 20 percent of historical levels to 70 percent after ocean acidification sensors were deployed near major hatcheries. That helped support 3,200 family wage jobs in Washington state's coastal economies alone.

The letter references a recent study in Nature Climate Change that identifies communities at significant risk for sustained economic losses resulting from ocean acidification's impact on shellfish fisheries. Communities at the highest risk were found in these 15 states: Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Washington, Oregon, Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Florida, North Carolina, California, Louisiana, Maryland, and Texas. A July 2014 report published in Progress in Oceanography identified seafood jobs across Alaska that could be impacted by ocean acidification, such as king crab and salmon.

Ken Coons
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Alaska Salmon Alliance Booth at Kenai Peninsula Home Show This Weekend!

ASA has booth #73 in the Kenai Peninsula Home Show this weekend at the Soldotna Sports Arena.

We will have fisheries information, photos and charts on display.
Fishing families are encouraged to stop by and say hello.

Thank you.

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