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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


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Asahi Shimbun] - December 7, 2016

FUKUSHIMA--Radiation in all seafood caught off Fukushima Prefecture tested below the detectable level in November for the first time since the 2011 nuclear disaster.

Species including bass, rockfish and stone flounder -- sales of which were banned by the central government -- were tested between Nov. 11 and Nov. 28, and the prefectural government said they all fell below the detection threshold, meaning radioactive cesium was not detected in any samples.

The main reason is that most fish species have undergone a generation change over the past five years with the contaminated marine life dying out, said officials at the prefectural government’s fisheries experimental station.

In addition, the passage of time helped fish exude radioactive cesium from their bodies.

The prefectural government began the tests in April 2011 following the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant the previous month.

Forty thousand fish and shellfish samples have been checked from 186 species over the past five and a half years.

The initial tests found that more than 90 percent of the samples were contaminated with radioactive cesium above the central government’s safety limit of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

The percentage of polluted fish and shellfish then declined annually.

The tests since April last year showed that the pollution in all samples was within the safety limit.

The monitoring covers seafood caught in 30 locations, in waters with a depth of 5 meters and at a distance of hundreds of meters from the shore, including the area in a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled plant.

Peggy Parker, Science and Sustainability Editor
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Smaller Fisheries Like Geoducks, Sea Cucumbers and Winter Kings Continue in Ak (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] December 7, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Think Alaska fishing is all done in December? Think again! More after this –

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Kodiak docks are bustling with boats getting geared up for fisheries that kick off at the start of the New Year. Meanwhile, lots of boats are still out on the water across Alaska –

In the Bering Sea and parts of the Gulf, all gear types are targeting codfish, flounders and numerous other groundfish like perch and rockfish. Gulf and Bering Sea pollock fisheries closed on November 1 and will reopen on January 20th.

In Southeast Alaska, the winter king salmon troll fishery is underway and will remain open through April or until a total of 45,000 treaty kings are taken. Trollers were averaging $8.80 a pound for their kings, according to fish tickets.

Dungeness crabbing closed in most regions, with one area outside of Sitka Sound open through February. Crabbers were getting well above $3.00 a pound for dungies. Shrimp trawlers were still targeting pinks and sidestripes in one Southeast district.

Diving for sea cucumbers is winding down for 173 divers who fetched $3.50-$3.60 a pound for cukes meaning the fishery will be worth $4.3 million at the docks. Dock prices for giant geoduck clams nearly doubled to $13-$15 a pound for the live market.

A fishery for 7 different kinds of rockfish opens in Southeast on Jan. 5. Looking ahead to salmon, it’s unlikely a Chinook fishery will occur next year at the Taku and Stikine Rivers.

Only one landing so far for snow crab in the Bering Sea. That fishery will get underway in earnest in mid-January.

Also in January, the Board of Fisheries will decide if a Tanner crab opener can occur in one district of the Bering Sea when it meets from the 10th through the 13th in Kodiak. The deadline to comment on proposals for that meeting is December 27.

Comments on proposed management changes to the halibut fishery are due December 31 to the International Pacific Halibut Commission, which meets in late January. The halibut fishery re opens in March.

Finally, the North Pacific Council meeting is underway in Anchorage through the 14th. It’s live streamed on the web and you can find links to all of the fish meetings, catches and more at 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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