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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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'Removing the Middle Fork Nooksack Dam is One of the Most Important Salmon Restoration Projects'

Copyright © 2019 The Bellingham Herald
By Kie Relyea
May 21, 2019

A small dam that channels Nooksack River water into Lake Whatcom will be removed next year in an effort to help endangered salmon and, by extension, southern resident killer whales, proponents said.

The city of Bellingham's dam has been diverting water from the Nooksack's Middle Fork since 1962 to supplement its main source of water, which is Lake Whatcom -- the drinking water source for nearly 100,000 residents of Bellingham and Whatcom County.

The diversion is intermittent and occurs primarily during winter and spring, the city of Bellingham said on the project website.

Located about 20 miles east of Bellingham, the dam will be history in 2020.

"Removing the Middle Fork Nooksack dam is one of the most important salmon restoration projects in Puget Sound," Wendy McDermott, Puget Sound and Columbia Basin Director for American Rivers, said in a statement.

American Rivers, a conservation group, is a key partner in the project, which will include moving the city's intake of Middle Fork water upstream.

The state Legislature recently set aside $10.5 million in its capital budget, providing a big chunk of the estimated $16 million-plus needed for the project, according to Stephen Day, project engineer for the city of Bellingham's Public Works Department.

The dam is about 25 feet tall and 150 feet wide.

Middle Fork DamA total of $10.5 million in state dollars will allow the city of Bellingham and its partners to move ahead with a project to remove the city's small diversion dam on the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River in 2020.

Water from the Middle Fork is carried to Mirror Lake via a 1.6 mile-long tunnel and 9.5 mile-long pipe. From Mirror Lake, the water flows into Anderson Creek, which ends in Lake Whatcom.

The dam's presence cuts off access to spawning and rearing grounds for spring chinook salmon, steelhead and bull trout. The three are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Chinook are the main source of food for the endangered orcas, whose numbers have dropped to just 74 -- alarming scientists and others who love the Pacific Northwest icons.

Removing the dam will allow the salmon to once again gain access to 16 miles of habitat in the Middle Fork and its tributaries, according to a project overview.

The salmon and the whales are cultural symbols -- and, in the case of salmon, an important food source -- for the Nooksack and Lummi tribes in Whatcom County, who are among the public-private coalition working to remove the diversion dam.

The Nooksack and Lummi tribes approached the city in 2000 about removing the dam that was blocking the fish.

Breaching the dam here isn't the only such effort to take out dams as part of decades'-long, at times frustrating, efforts to save endangered salmon and orcas. It's being considered for the lower Snake River dams, and the proposal is being criticized by some lawmakers and farmers.

For Upper Skagit Tribe, fishing is a way of lifeMembers of the Upper Skagit Tribe fish for sockeye salmon on the Baker River near the town of Concrete, Washington, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. What was once a summer long tradition of living on the river and fishing has been reduced to four to six

With other funding already in hand, the state dollars provide much of the money needed for the dam's removal on the Middle Fork of the Nooksack River.

Other parts of the project include:

Redesigning the way in which the city pulls water from the Middle Fork.

"The existing intake system at the dam site will be removed when the dam is removed. A new intake structure will be installed on the south bank of the river, approximately 700 feet upstream of the existing dam location," Day said.

"The new intake system is configured such that it will not block the river or impede fish passage," he added.

Building a fish screen to protect fish by keeping them out of the intake structure.

A new state budget will make some major changes across Whatcom County in the next two yearsState legislators approved a two-year $4.9 billion capital budget on Sunday, April 28, 2019, that included allocations for a number of Whatcom County projects.
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