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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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Fish Oil Plus Antidepressants May Be One-Two Punch for Depression

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [HealthDay News] April 28, 2016

Omega-3 fish oil supplements may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants, new research suggests.

Researchers reviewed the findings of eight clinical trials worldwide, as well as other evidence, and concluded that the supplements appear to help battle depression in people already on medication.

“Omega-3 fish oil—in combination with antidepressants—had a statistically significant effect over a placebo,” said study leader Jerome Sarris. He is head of the ARCADIA Mental Health Research Group at the University of Melbourne in Australia.

The study looked at the result of trials where patients battling depression took either a standard antidepressant plus a form of omega-3 fish oil, versus the antidepressant plus an inactive placebo.

“The difference for patients taking both antidepressants and omega-3, compared to a placebo, was highly significant,” Sarris said in a university news release. “This is an exciting finding because here we have a safe, evidence-based approach that could be considered a mainstream treatment,” he explained.”Many studies have shown omega-3s are very good for general brain health and improving mood, but this is the first analysis of studies that looks at using them in combination with antidepressant medication,” Sarris said.

Doctors may be reluctant to prescribe dietary supplements in combination with antidepressants due to a lack of scientific evidence and concerns about safety. But, Sarris noted, the researchers found no major safety concerns in combining the two therapies.

However, the study authors stressed that patients should always talk with their health care provider before taking dietary supplements. In addition, people need to be aware that these supplements can differ in quality.

“We’re not telling people to rush out and buy buckets of supplements. Always speak to your medical professional before changing or initiating a treatment,” Sarris said.

One expert in the United States believes the findings might be of use to patients.

“The general population is often looking for natural remedies to treat health problems,” said Dr. Victor Fornari.

“A large number of individuals with depression do not reach remission with one or two trials of medication,” added Fornari. He directs child and adolescent psychiatry at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

“This may enhance the recovery of individuals who do not respond to antidepressants alone,” he said. However, Fornari agreed with the authors that “individuals are cautioned to consult with their medical professional before proceeding.”

The study was published April 26 in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more on dietary supplements.

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Gulf Red Snapper Quota Reallocation to Rec Sector Finalized; Revised 2016 and 2017 Quotas Issued

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - April 28, 2016

NMFS finalized a contentious allocation plan to shift the Gulf of Mexico's red snapper quota from the commercial sector to recreational fishermen.

Today the Federal Register will list the approval of Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. The effective date for the rule change is May 31 of this year.

The amendment reallocates the red snapper stock's annual catch limit between the commercial and recreational sectors from 51:49 percent to 48.5:51.5 percent, respectively.

Quota adjustments under the approved Amendment were also announced for the 2016 and 2017 red snapper seasons.

This year, the Commercial sector was allotted 6.7 million pounds while recreational fishermen were given 7.1 million pounds. Next year's quotas are 6.6 million and 7 million pounds for the Commercial and Recreational sectors, respectively.

The 2016 federal red snapper recreational season will open for the private angling and federally permitted for-hire components on June 1, 2016,

Amendment 28 was a highly controversial change to red snapper allocations. Commercial and charter sector representatives mostly fought the change. Opponents said recreational fishermen were getting rewarded with more quota despite fishing over their quota limit. The entire reallocation process was also blasted for undermining federal fishery management policies under Magnuson.

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Northern California Hopeful to Start Commercial Dungeness Season in Early May

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Eurkea Times-Standard] by Will Houston - April 28, 2016

The long-awaited opener of the commercial crab season on the North Coast now hinges on six crabs collected just south of Trinidad Head.

If the crabs don’t show high levels of a neurotoxin, which has delayed the state’s crab season since Dec. 1, the commercial season could start as soon as May 5, according to Department of Fish and Wildlife senior environmental scientist Pete Kalvass.

“That’s holding everything up,” Kalvass said of the Trinidad crab. “... If those six crabs show up clean, we could declare the entire area clear and then open up sport fishing up in that region and commercial (fishing) a week later.”

Meanwhile, state officials are gearing up to hear an update on Thursday regarding Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for federal fisheries disaster relief funds and how the state is preparing for future incidents.

The Joint Committee of Fisheries and Aquaculture’s Thursday meeting at the State Capital building in Sacramento will allow the public to hear fisheries and ocean experts explain what led to the loss of 80 percent of the crab fishing season.

“This year’s crab season delay was devastating for thousands of crabbers all across California and we need to be able to learn from the lessons over the past many months and how we can work together to be better prepared in the future for similar ocean conditions,” said North Coast Sen. Mike McGuire, who is also the chairman of the committee.

The Dungeness and rock crab seasons in California were indefinitely delayed by the state in mid-November due to high readings of domoic acid – a neurotoxin produced by marine phytoplankton — on the coast caused by abnormally warm waters. The neurotoxin can remain in the crab tissue for months at a time and can cause nausea, brain damage and even death if eaten by humans in high enough concentrations.

The commercial crab season for the North Coast typically runs from Dec. 1 through July 15.

After the start of the new year, the state’s fishing ban has slowly been lifted for certain areas of the state that tested clean of the toxin, recently culminating in the opening of the commercial crab season below the Mendocino-Sonoma county line in late March.

As of April 20, crab landings in California have totaled around $5.5 million and average around $500,000 to $1 million in landings per week, according to McGuire.

The North Coast crabbing community recently felt some relief last week when the state allowed recreational crab fishing south of Humboldt Bay.

Unfortunately for Tim Klassen of Reel Steel Sportfishing in Eureka, the windy conditions have prevented him from getting out on to the water.

“If they had announced it four hours earlier, we probably could have gone out,” Klassen said. “We’re hoping to maybe get out tomorrow.”

However, commercial crabbing from the Mendocino-Sonoma county line to the Oregon-California border still remains closed until all sectors can show that their crabs do not have high levels of domoic acids across two consecutive tests. The latest test results released on April 22 by the California Department of Public Health show that Trinidad crab are the only ones left and need to pass only one more test. The results are expected to arrive by as early as Thursday, Kalvass said. However, if one crab tests above the state’s neurotoxin action level, it means Trinidad crab will need to pass another two tests in a row before the commercial season could open.

“It would put them back another two to three weeks,” Kalvass said.

If the state reopens commercial fishing, sport crabbers would have at least seven days to cast out their crab pots before the commercial market rolls in. But due to the closure and the approaching halibut season opener on May 1, Klassen said the waters may be more packed than normal.

“There’s usually not much conflict,” he said.

But even getting the crab boats out of Humboldt Bay is going to be a challenge, according to local fishermen and fisherwomen.

Shoaling at the entrance and bar of Humboldt Bay has caused the bay floor to become shallow, resulting in larger than average waves to roll in. These waves present a hazard to boats and has led to shipments having to turn away or be delayed.

Commercial fisherwoman Susan Rotwein of Cap’n Zach’s Crab House in McKinleyville said these rocky waters could be a danger to less experienced sport crabbers, and even to veteran commercial crabbers.

“Crabs are looking good,” she said. “I just don’t want anyone losing their life going after them.”

Klassen is not as worried about the larger waves, stating that recent conditions should allow for good passage in the middle of the entrance.

The bay entrance is set to be dredged in May and June.

The Joint Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture meeting will be live streamed online from 2 p.m. through 5 p.m. on Thursday at senate.ca.gov/calendar

Susan Chambers, Contributing Writer
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Puget Sound Salmon Fishing on the Brink After State, Tribes Fail for Third Time to Agree on Seasons

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Seattle Times] by Mark Yuassa - April 28, 2016

For the third time in less than two weeks, talks between the state and tribal fishery managers broke down to develop a joint plan for salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, and an unprecedented closure of sport fisheries is looming in marine areas after April 30.

“We had one last round of negotiations in hopes of ensuring salmon seasons in Puget Sound this year,” Jim Unsworth, director of state Fish and Wildlife said in a news release. “Regrettably, we could not agree on fisheries that were acceptable to both parties.”

Both the state and tribes will now pursue federal permits through NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Fisheries, which are needed to conduct any salt- and fresh-water fisheries in Puget Sound.

This will lead to lots of uncertainty that a new fishing season which runs from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 might happen for sport anglers and nontribal, commercial fishermen. Unless a last minute agreement is made, all fishing in Puget Sound will close after May 1 until further notice.

“I wouldn’t close the door, but it doesn’t seem like it will happen and the door remains open (for more discussions with the tribes),” said Ron Warren, the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy manager. “The tribes and (state) in different ways offered packages that met the conservation objectives, but we couldn’t reach agreement on them.”

The talks this year have been complicated by forecasts for extremely poor returns of wild coho, which require harvest cuts to protect the weak runs, and the listing of Puget Sound chinook under the Endangered Species Act.

Tribal officials expect they could get a permit in time to conduct limited salmon harvests that do not target the wild coho.

“We are disappointed that we were unable to reach agreement with our state co-managers,” Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission said in a news release.

Puget Sound tribes collectively are entitled — under the 1974 Boldt decision — to half of all harvestable salmon. And each spring, state officials meet with 20 Puget Sound treaty tribes to come up with a joint management plan that is then submitted to federal fishery officials for approval.

“Discussions centered on a proposal from the Puyallup Tribe to the governor’s office and NOAA Fisheries that met management objectives for Puyallup, Nisqually and Mid-Hood Canal chinook populations under NOAA’s guidance document, though closed some fisheries, still provided harvest opportunities for both parties,” Fred Dillon, natural resources policy representative for the Puyallup Tribe said in a news release.

But it is unclear whether the state plan could gain approval in time for summer sport and non-tribal commercial fisheries or for that matter much of the 2016-17 season.

NOAA officials charged with approving salmon fisheries have said that a separate tribal harvest plan could gain quicker approval then a state harvest plan for recreational and nontribal commercial fisheries.

During talks on Wednesday, state Fish and Wildlife proposed salmon fisheries that allowed anglers to harvest chinook while protecting coho, which are expected to return in low numbers this year.

The state’s proposed fisheries met conservation goals that they and the tribes had previously agreed upon, Unsworth said.

The talks broke down during the annual salmon-season setting meetings on April 8-14, and last week they also came to a halt when both parties couldn’t come to terms.

The silver lining despite not coming to terms is that both parties agreed at the Wednesday meeting to develop plans to bolster salmon stocks as well as improve the season-setting process.

“The upside is most of the Puget Sound tribes as well as the state all commented on the importance of co-management and the need to fix the process and a commitment to do that,” Warren said. “It seems we needed that silver lining.”

What is needed is commitment of the state co-manager to a long term strategy to increase production of both hatchery and wild salmon, Loomis said in the news release, adding that habitat must be at the center of the effort.

“We want to work with the tribes to address long-term resource management concerns, such as restoring habitat and increasing hatchery fish production,” Unsworth said. “The breakdown in this year’s negotiations demonstrates the need for a change to the process of setting salmon-fishing seasons.”

State Fish and Wildlife has lots to think about in the days ahead, but are looking at what possible salmon fisheries could still occur this summer, fall and winter, including those unaffected by coho impacts such as the Baker Lake sockeye fishery. The state plans to talk with their sport fishing constituents later this week as to where they’re headed on those types of fisheries.

While the breakdown in talks leaves recreational fisheries at risk, a federal fishery council last week approved limited ocean-salmon harvests off the coast.

The fishing is set to begin July 1 at Ilwaco, Westport, La Push and Neah Bay.

The council set the overall sport and nontribal catch this season at 35,000 chinook (64,000 last year) and 18,900 hatchery-marked coho (150,800).

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Copper River Salmon Season Put on Notice for May 16 Opening (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] April 28, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch -- Copper River gets set to kick off salmon season. More after this

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Salmon season officially kicks off in just a few weeks with runs of reds and kings at Copper River! State managers put the 500 plus fleet on notice that the fishery will likely open on May 16.

"Oh my gosh, it’s so exciting to see some of the boats coming in and out of the harbor. Everyone is starting to drop their boats in the water and the harbor is definitely buzzing. A lot of our seasonal cannery workers are returning and our fishermen that come up for six months out of the year are starting to get here and there’s lots of hugs on Main Street as you welcome your friends back to town and everyone’s got their nets strewn out in their front yards getting everything mended. You can feel the energy pulsating."

Erica Thompson-Clark handles social media and outreach for the Copper River Prince William Sound Marketing Association, funded by area fishermen. No region celebrates their salmon better than the forces from Cordova, which include ‘familiarity tours’ throughout the year with chefs, magazine writers and foodies from the Lower 48.

"You name it , we bring em’ – we tour them through Cordova and the Copper River area and we have them meet with fishermen and management officials and various entities invested in the fishery, and they learn what it takes to have this sustainable salmon run continue every year."

In March, Paleo Magazine featured a full spread on the famous fishery. Thompson-Clark already is coordinating the First Fish fly-aways with Alaska Airlines delivering straight from the docks to dinner plates in Seattle and beyond. The marketing group also is very active on Facebook and Instagram, featuring colorful educational campaigns called “Know Your Fisherman” and “Salmon Fishing 101.”

"We show hatch covers, fish being iced, we show short videos with interviews with fishermen. We are trying to educate consumers as to how these salmon are being harvested by single boats, each salmon being picked out of the net and also talk to them about the fact that every time they buy Copper River salmon they are supporting a small business owner. We really want to drive that home."

A new Corkline blog focuses on the science behind the salmon fishery. And their Copper River salmon website (www.copperriversalmon.org) has locator tabs to help customers locate the famous fish in their regions.

The outreach extends beyond summer with coho promotions and more media familiarity tours into the fall. Clark-Thompson says that focus is on coho’s affordability and milder flavor.

The group also takes their messages into the schools where local salmon is served each Wednesday throughout the year. It includes kids’ interviews with local fishermen, processors, restaurant owners and other jobs involved in the fishery.

"Kids can’t believe that I get paid to talk about salmon on Facebook and I tell them there are many ways to support the salmon industry."

The Copper River harvest this year calls for 1.6 million sockeyes, 21,000 kings and 201,000 coho salmon. Find links at our website – www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods - who salutes and says thanks to the men and women fishing across Alaska for their hard work and dedication. (www.oceanbeauty.com)

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

Michael Ramsingh
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