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 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors –
|David Martin||President||F/V Kaguyak|
|Erik Huebsch||1st VP||F/V Williwaw|
|Ian Pitzman||2nd VP||F/V Stephanie Anne|
|Dino Sutherland||Sec/Treas||F/V Rivers End|
|Ilia Kuzmin||Director||F/V Currency|
|John McCombs||Director||F/V Rayo Verde|
|Paul Mackie||Director||F/V Lorrie Lee|
|Steve Tvenstrup||Director||F/V Alaskan Lady|
|Dyer VanDevere||Director||F/V Swift Arrow|