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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
Dino SutherlandSec/TreasF/V Rivers End
Ilia KuzminDirectorF/V Currency
John McCombsDirectorF/V Rayo Verde
Dan AndersonDirectorF/V Paragon
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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So Far Alaska Pollock Appear Unharmed from Ocean Acidification (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] May 26, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch. Latest lab results show impacts of acid oceans on key Alaska species. More after this –

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The chemistry showing that our oceans are becoming more acidic can’t be denied. So how does all that absorption of increasing carbon dioxide affect some key Alaska fisheries?

“The direct effect of carbon dioxide increase may be the pH effect on the ability of a pollock or cod to grow or to have gas exchange across the gill membranes. It may be carbonate availability for a crab to build a shell directly.”

Bob Foy is director of the NOAA Fisheries lab at Kodiak. Other impacts, he says, affect fish behavior and senses.

“A number of studies have shown that some species of fish lose the olfactory ability to find prey with lower pH. That’s going to be a problem, obviously.”

Then there are the food web effects -

“Pteropods are known to be severely affected by ocean acidification they also are one of the most important prey items for pink salmon.”

Ocean acidification impacts are a research focus of at the Kodiak NOAA lab. At a Sea Grant marine science symposium, Foy revealed years of test results on key Alaska species.

“Initial work on northern rock sole found they are sensitive to increases in cO2 , found not much effect at the hatch of the egg stage but reduced growth and higher mortality in high cO2 levels.”

It’s a different story for Alaska’s biggest catch: pollock.

“No results have suggested that OA is an issue for walleye pollock. Again, remembering that this is just physiological effects in the lab so we are moving on to see if there are any behavioral effects.” It’s the opposite for Bering Sea Tanner and king crab.

“We have found they are very affected especially at the younger life stages, when embryos are exposed to acidified water that negatively affects all the rest of the life stages to the point where we’re seeing substantial mortality at the larval stage and juvenile stage.“

Unless the trend is reversed, a tipping point could be reached in 50 to 75 years . Bob Foy

“This is an extreme, a worst possible scenario based on our laboartoary experiments and considering no acclimation of the organism. But it is important to take the information to communities to explain the potential about where we are going or where OA might take us relative to our commercial fisheries.”

Find links to the symposium at www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture. www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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