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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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Salmon Sisters Introduce Skin Serum from Salmon Oil

Source: Fish Radio with Laine Welch
By Laine Welch
December 13, 2018

This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Skin serum made with Alaska salmon. More on a special sisterhood after this -

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An Alaskan sisterhood is advancing a line of tundra botanicals mixed with the sea to create potent anti-aging skin care products. The Salmon Sisters of Homer have added a wild salmon Skin Serum to their line, a first venture into wellness items. Emma Laukitis -

“We love how smooth and light it feels. There are beautiful notes of crowberries, which we picked throughout our childhood on the tundra behind our homestead to make jam and pies. It doesn’t smell fishy, but the salmon oil gives it a silkiness that feels very nostalgic of Alaskan summers at fish camp.”

Emma and sister Claire Neaton have become two of Alaska’s most well-known seafood industry ambassadors with features in Vogue, a Microsoft television ad, Forbes’ 30 under 30 list, and their artsy designs on XtraTuf boots.

The crowberries in the serum, along with fireweed and Arctic sage, are gathered from the tundra by triplets Michelle, Cika and Amy Sparck who are making the skin serum for the Salmon Sisters. Michelle Sparck -

“And we made this serum that you can look see and smell just how earthy and tundra rich it is with Alaska’s resources. And we used the glacial water from Eklutna Lake as our water base. With that and the extra virgin cold pressed salmon oil it’s like the best of Alaska in one bottle.”

The Sparck sisters run ArXotica in Bethel where they produce a super status skin care line that “harnesses the properties of extreme environment flora.” That, plus the pull of sisters, made the partnership a perfect fit. Emma Laukitis -

“We love ArXotica products because they are made with ingredients unique to our state with a rich history of wellness and healing. We have grown up with the wholistic benefits of wild Alaska salmon and their nutrients allow us to stay sharp and healthy and feel beautiful. It is a superfood for your skin!”

The Skin Serum could be followed by more personal products, and Emma says the Salmon Sisters also might develop a seafood line. A cook book also is in the works.

There’s something about either fishing as an industry, Alaska or eating wild seafood that people are connecting to and I think that’s a really powerful sign that there are so many ways we can go with our business. 7

Meanwhile, ArXotica is expanding a line of men’s care products featuring ground mammoth tooth and their trademark serum, and introducing a bearded seal oil.

“There’s no seal in it but we’re playing on an item that people are still eating in western Alaska. It will have our mammoth extract and our serum in there. We can’t wait to see a whole new slew of customers come in for that kind of thing.”

Find links to ArXotica and the Salmon Sisters at www.alaskafishradio.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

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 I’m Laine Welch.

Photo Credit: Salmon Sisters
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