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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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Rock Stability Work at Fraser River Slide Site Stops Salmon Rescue Actions

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July 17, 2019

Work around a massive rock slide in British Columbia's Fraser River has been stopped until the stability of site can be confirmed.

A joint update from the B.C. government and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says rock scalers are making progress getting large sections of rock to release above the river at the site northwest of Kamloops.

The statement says scalers have removed about 20 dump-truck loads of material off the face using pry bars, rubberized air bags that can be placed in a crack and inflated and helicopters that drop water to sluice away the debris.

The slide last month created a five-metre waterfall, holding back hundreds of thousands of salmon from migrating to spawning grounds past the obstruction.

A B.C. government news release says a number of salmon species that are of significant concern need to pass through, including the spring and summer chinook and three sockeye runs.

The governments have looked at a number of solutions to get the salmon past the slide, including trucking the fish and even shooting them through a system of pressurized tubes known as the "salmon cannon."

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Whittier Dock Fire Triggers State of Emergency as Peak Fishing and Cruise Season Arrives

July 17, 2019

Ten days after a devastating fire that destroyed much of the towns main dock, the city of Whittier, AK has declared a State of Emergency, according to news reports from KTUU.

The dock fire, triggered by an explosion around midnight July 7, resulted in the loss of life for a Cordova crewman aboard the F/V Alaganik, the sinking of that vessel, and the destruction of a barge and several vehicles, including crane equipment, on the dock. It was initially reported as caused by an exploding propane tank, but KTUU reported yesterday that the exact cause of the explosion has not yet been released.

Whittier is on the west side of Prince William Sound and connected to Anchorage by an iconic railway tunnel, now updated to accommodate cars, through the otherwise impassable mountains between Whittier and Portage, 50 miles south of Anchorage. Whittier has at least three seafood processing companies delivering fish to Whittier during the peak of fishing in Prince William Sound, historically beginning this week and extending to the first week in August.

Large and small cruise ships also visit the port, often called “the gateway to Prince William Sound” and the northernmost ice-free port in the country. Traffic between Whittier and Anchorage is substantial during this time of year, as Anchorage-bound cruise ship passengers continue their tours in Alaska, and newly-arrived tourists, as well as many Alaskans, travel to Whittier to board local and international cruise ships for day-trips in Prince Wiliam Sound or week-long trips to Vancouver, Canada or other points south.

Two days after the fire, commercial fishing operations were resumed with an alternate plan to deal with the backlog of fish after the dock was shut down, according to KTUU.

Whitter Seafood, Copper River Seafood, and North Pacific Seafood, the latter two also operating out of Cordova, receive seafood deliveries over the Whittier dock. According to fish tax revenue forecasts from last December, Whittier was expected to receive 10 percent of the amount of fish expected to be landed in Cordova this year.

According to city manager Jim Hunt, the dock shutdown caused several million pounds of fish to sit on the dock for several hours, and many loaded fishing vessels had no way to offload their catches, KTUU reported.

"The economic impact is going to be in the millions and millions of dollars and millions and millions of pounds of fish are caught or are being caught are going to be lost," said city manager Jim Hunt.

An engineer was on site yesterday morning to assess the dock and see if there are areas that are still usable and what it will take to rebuild.

Photo Credit: Coast Guard Sector Anchorage

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Please find the attached Offshore Test Fish numbers through July 16.


Alyssa Frothingham
Upper Cook Inlet Asst. Area Management Biologist
43961 Kalifornsky Beach Rd. Suite B
Soldotna, AK 99669
Ph: 907-260-2916
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