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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
Paul MackieDirectorF/V Lorrie Lee
Steve TvenstrupDirectorF/V Alaskan Lady
Dyer VanDevereDirectorF/V Swift Arrow


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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The Tyonek Fish & Game Advisory Committee will hold an election meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 1 pm at the Tyonek Tribal office.

Also on the agenda will be a continuation of the discussion of Board of Game proposals, and any other business that may properly come before the committee.

For more information contact Alex Pfoff at 281-732-3805.
To be added to the electronic email notices for the Tyonek Fish & Game Advisory Committee meetings, please email to the address at the bottom of this notice with your request.

Advisory committees are local groups that meet to discuss fishing and wildlife issues and to provide recommendations to Alaska Board of Fisheries and Alaska Board of Game. All meetings are open to the public. Advisory Committees are intended to provide a local forum on fish and wildlife issues. Their purpose includes: 1) developing regulatory proposals, 2) evaluating regulatory proposals and making recommendations to the appropriate board, 3) providing a local forum for fish and wildlife conservation and use, including matters relating to habitat, 4) advising the appropriate regional council on resources, and 5) consulting with individuals, organizations, and agencies.

If you are a person who needs a special accommodation in order to participate in any of these public meetings, please contact Sherry Wright at 267-2354 no later than 48 hours prior to the meeting, to make any necessary arrangements.

Sherry Wright
Board Support Section
333 Raspberry Road #1109
Anchorage, AK 99518
Fax: 907.267.2489
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Alaska's Smaller Salmon Companies May be Eligible for Gov't Funds Through Trade Program (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] November 24, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – There’s help for Alaska companies getting clobbered by imports

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Companies getting clobbered by low cost imports can get some relief from federal trade adjustment assistance programs.

"Basically if it’s a product that competes with imports and the domestic firm is losing ground and the imports are rising, the assistance can be available to the company."

David Holbert is director of the Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center, part of a nationwide program started over 30 years ago by the US Commerce Department. It began as a way to help US manufacturers facing competitive disadvantages often caused by global trade deals. The TAAC programs now include small and medium sized businesses in other sectors, like agriculture and fishing.

"That company is going to have to do something different. They are not going to win by just trying harder. They are going to need outside expertise. And that is the key as to why this program is so successful."

The North West Center team handles all the paper work

Free of charge or obligation, we will help a company with the application.

Then, an eligible company gets help with a strategic plan. The North West Center then contracts with experts to put the plans into action. Holbert says creating marketing tools such as brochures and labels, branding and logos, and especially website development are clients’ top choices.

"It’s all customized, they are not the shelf programs. We talk to the company and see what their ideas are, what they need and want, and work with management to do the things that matter most."

Eligible businesses need to show a drop in employment and in sales or production and other trade criteria. It requires some costs - smaller companies with less than $1 million dollars in sales receive up to 75 percent in matching funds for up to $30,000.

"So a company would pay $7,500 for projects that would otherwise cost $30,000."

The limit for larger companies is $150,000 for which the Center matches half. Holbert believes many Alaska salmon businesses and organizations are good candidates for the funds.

"One would expect with this extreme swing in prices, some fishermen would choose not to fish that would bring down domestic production, also one has to suspect that this is the availability of cheaper imports. There is a tangible valuable to the wild caught fish. Alaska’s salmon fishery is known as sustainable fishery - there are tremendous values other than the pure price that can be brought into play regarding Alaska salmon."

Holbert stresses the program is completely confidential. Learn more about the trade assistance program and find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com

Michael Ramsingh
SeafoodNews.com 1-732-240-5330
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Reporter's Email: michaelramsingh@seafood.com

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Murkowski Fights Against GMO Salmon, Promises Hold on FDA Nominations, Pushes Labeling Requirement

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton November 24, 2015
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski expressed her extreme opposition to the FDA approval of genetically modified salmon for sale in the United States. The FDA announced last week it was approving AquAdvantage salmon, genetically engineered to grow faster, for human consumption.

Senator Murkowski has long been adamantly opposed to the approval of GE salmon, introducing legislation and inserting a provision in the appropriations process to require compulsory labeling of Frankenfish if ever approved for sale to consumers. Murkowski plans to push back against the FDA’s decision by advancing her efforts for mandatory labelling and blocking confirmation in the Senate of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner.

“I will not stand back and just watch these genetically engineered creatures be placed in our kitchens and on our tables without a fight. I am furious about this decision, but now I must do everything I can to make sure it is labeled - consumers have a right to know what it is they are eating,” said Senator Murkowski. “Genetically modifying salmon is messing with nature’s perfect brain food. The real thing is not only the safe choice, but it’s the best thing.”

Murkowski's office said their next steps include:

Pushing Legislatively for the Mandatory Labeling of GE Salmon

· Murkowski will reintroduce an updated version of her current legislation, S.738, to require further research into the risks and impacts of Frankenfish, and to address the more urgent need for mandatory labeling requirements.

· Murkowski will continue to work through the appropriations process to build upon the language she was able to include in the FY16 Agriculture, Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration spending bill.

Blocking Approval of the Nominee to be FDA Commissioner

· Senator Murkowski intends to block the confirmation of Dr. Robert Califf, nominee to be the next FDA Commissioner, due to the lack of cooperation and communication from the FDA surrounding their announcement to approve GE salmon.

Supporting Grocery Stores Who Pledge Not to Sell Frankenfish

· Senator Murkowski stands by Costco, Target, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and all other grocery stores who are refusing to stock GE salmon.

John Sackton, Editor and Publisher
SeafoodNews.com 1-781-861-1441
Editorial Email: Editor@seafood.com
Reporter's Email: jsackton@seafood.com

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