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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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April 2015 Council Meeting

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet the week of April 6, 2015 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK. AGENDA and SCHEDULE. Other meetings to be held during the week are:

Scientific and Statistical Committee: April 6-8, King Salmon/Illiamna Room
Advisory Panel: April 7-11, Dillingham/Katmai Room
Enforcement Committee: April 7, TBA
Halibut RQE Committee: (TBD)

All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions. Information on submitting comments in writing or in person can be found in the PUBLIC COMMENT INFORMATION attached below. The deadline for written comments is 5:00 pm (AST) on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. They should be emailed tonpfmc.comments@noaa.gov. The Council meeting will be broadcast athttps://npfmc.adobeconnect.com/april2015. Motions will be posted following the meeting.
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Pacific Fishery Management Council Preparing Ocean Salmon Fishing Options

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Columbian] Mach 6, 2015

Options for salmon fishing off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and northern California will be developed beginning Sunday when the Pacific Fishery Management Council begins a five-day meeting in Vancouver.

The event will be at the Hilton Vancouver Hotel, 301 W. Sixth St.

Three options for ocean salmon seasons are scheduled to be adopted for public review on the morning of March 12.

Other topics on the agenda include incidental catch recommendations for halibut in salmon troll fisheries, protection of unmanaged forage fish species and adoption of goals and objectives for a drift gillnet management and monitoring plan.

Sport and commercial fishermen met Monday in Olympia to discuss the upcoming PFMC meeting.

The need to limit harvest in the ocean of a weak stock of wild coho salmon destined for the Queets River on the Olympic Peninsula is likely to reduce fishing seasons in 2015.

Only 7,500 Queets River wild coho are forecast for 2015, with the minimum spawning escapement is set at 5,800.

Phil Anderson, a special assistant for state wildlife director Jim Unsworth, said on Monday fishing reductions off Southeast Alaska and British Columbia look likely and may make chinook stocks more plentiful off the Washington coast.

A discussion of Columbia River summer and fall salmon fishing issues will begin at 10 a.m. March 16 at the Hilton in Vancouver.

The PFMC will meeting April 11 to 16 in Rohnert Park, Calif., to adopt the final ocean salmon seasons.

Washington and Oregon will announce the specific of the Columbia River summer and fall seasons at the conclusion of the PFMC April session.

Linda Lindner
Urner Barry 1-732-240-5330 ext 223
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Climate Change, Ocean Acidification Impacts to AK Fisheries a Top Priority for NOAA (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] March 6, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Climate change and Acidic oceans - a chat with the nation’s top fisheries official after this --

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The changing climate and chemistry of our oceans is definitely on radar screens of federal planet watchers. That’s the assurance of Kathryn Sullivan, director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

"I don’t need to tell Alaskans – you are living it, you see it all around you. And the consequences that have societally, economically, ecologically you all are living it every day."

Sullivan calls NOAA the nation’s environmental intelligence agency. For example, increased and ongoing intelligence being gathered by monitoring programs are providing more and better science on the impacts of ocean acidification. That, she says, will guide actions that lead to better decision making.

"Our focus again is to try to translate that into information that can help Alaska fishermen, fisheries, fishing communities be more adaptable and resilient in the face of these kinds of changes that are coming at us."

Ongoing NOAA studies near Washington reveal that the protective shells of tiny, snail-like pteropods are corroding from acidic waters. Pteropods make up 40% of juvenile pink salmon’s diets.

"It’s not just pteropods feeding into finfish stocks health, we also are finding early and worrisome indications of consequences for red and Tanner crab, for example, with shell viability and survivability prospects of young crab."

Sullivan – who was formerly NOAA’s top ocean scientist, says impacts from a changing climate and ocean chemistry are happening fast in Alaska.

A focal point is to look at driving forces in the world where we see really rapid, major scales of change – trade and investment, innovation, and environment data are the four focal areas for our dept. level strategic plan. In Alaska we see such an intersection and interplay of a number of these dimensions of change and are happening on a large stage and even more rapid rate and in some cases even more vivid consequences than you see in other part of the world or the country.

That’s NOAA director Kathryn Sullivan – who also is in the Astronaut’s Hall of Fame.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods. Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

Michael Ramsingh
SeafoodNews.com 1-732-240-5330
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With Global Shortage of Cold Water Shrimp, Petersburg Tonka Seafoods Packing Again

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Petersburg Pilot] by Ani Palmer March 6, 2015

Tonka Seafoods, Inc., announced last year that it was working to bring shrimp fisheries and processing back to Petersburg after a nearly decade-long absence. Well, it's delivered.

The fishery is closed for March and April, but Chief Financial Officer Seth Scrimsher said they purchased 250,000 pounds of pink shrimp from fisherman at a price of 40 cents per pound over the winter.

A customer contacted Tonka and requested the shrimp after spotting the seafood company as one of 12 finalists for the Path to Prosperity (P2P) contest.

"We formally withdrew, or stopped participating, because we actually found a customer because of our involvement in that program. They heard about what we were doing so they called us and were willing to buy the shrimp. So we felt it wouldn't be fair to the other participants who were still trying to find customers and develop their program if we were potentially one of the winners of the final award," Scrimsher said. "Because that was kind of the end goal of that whole program was to advance to where you had actually lined up customers and were selling."

The P2P contest was created by the Haa Aani Community Development Fund, Inc., and the Nature Conservancy to help launch growth companies "that will increase local employment, have a positive social and economic impact on their communities, promote sustainable use of local resources and increase entrepreneurial know-how and business leadership in southeast Alaska," according to P2P's website, p2pweb.org.

The winning entrepreneurs received upwards of $40,000 in seed funding to assist in the development of their business concept.

The money for Tonka's start-up costs - the purchase of a new machine and a few belts for under $50,000 - was taken from the company's smoking operations, Scrimsher said.

He added that they used existing freezers to freeze the shrimp in blocks.

The shrimp still haven't made it to the customer with negotiations for new longshoreman labor agreements on the west coast, but once they do, the buyer will run it through their cookers and peelers. Then, if it works for the customer's program, Scrimsher said Tonka will buy as much shrimp as it can for the rest of year.

"There is a lot of interest in this cold water pink shrimp right now, especially worldwide," he noted.

Many fisheries, such as those off of Canada, have seen their quotas "tucked dramatically," he added, which is how Tonka came upon its customer, who wanted more shrimp to fill their customers' needs.

"We feel it's a viable fishery," Scrimsher said. "The jobs that it would create, opportunities for the fisherman, as well as the opportunity for our own company."

The quota is only 5 million pounds spread throughout the year, so the larger plants don't want to stay open year round to do it. It wouldn't be financially wise for them, Scrimsher said.

"So it's kind of the perfect size fishery for a small company like ourselves, who is willing to be open all year round and has employees looking for year round, long-term employment," he added.

There's been interest from fishermen right here in Petersburg and in Wrangell. Scrimsher said they had one from both areas catching the shrimp for Tonka over the winter.

If the company continues shrimp processing, it'll be looking to expand to four or five fishermen, he added.

Then, when Tonka's guys are busy with salmon season, the company will bring in 18 seasonal positions to run the shrimp line.

Scrimsher has been wanting to process shrimp since Trident acquired Norquest Seafoods and decided to focus on the more profitable fisheries, such as halibut, in 2005.

"It's pretty exciting," he said. "We're still nervous about it. Nothing is 100 percent yet, but it's pretty close right now. So it is pretty exciting and nerve wracking at the same time."

The end goal, he added, is for Tonka to own its own cookers and peelers to value-add the product. But that'll take years and be expensive - about $1 million.

He noted Tonka will be saving a little of its profits each year to put toward that goal

Photo: The crew of the Mandi J, a vessel out of Wrangell, deliver an 11,000-pound load of Northern Pink Shrimp to Tonka Seafoods last week by Seth Scrimsher

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