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June 27, 2015 Annual General Membership Meeting

1:00 – 5:00 at the American Legion in Old Town Kenai

All members are welcome; membership dues may be paid at the door.



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
Paul MackieSec/TreasF/V Lorri Lee
Ilia KuzminDirectorF/V Currency
John McCombsDirectorF/V Katydid
Lavrentii (Larry) ReutovDirectorF/V Intrepid
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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For Immediate Release
Date Issued: August 28, 2015
Kill Date: September 19, 2015

Free Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Juneau, Alaska on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM at the UAS Technical Education Center, 1415 Harbor Way, Room 133. This workshop will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts, and abandon ship procedures.

The workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, thanks to support from the United States Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development (DCCED) and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The cost for all others in $175 and all mariners are welcome. Interested mariners may register online at www.amsea.org or call AMSEA at (907) 747-3287.

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Researchers Track Widespread Impacts of Warm Water "Blob" on Alaska's Marine Habitats ( Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] August 28, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Effects of the Blob in Alaska waters. More after this --

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Fish deaths, drought in California – those sad happenings and more are being blamed on a giant blob of warm water pushed against coastlines on the West Coast, Canada and into Alaska. It spans 1,000 miles in each direction and runs 300 feet deep.

"They call it the blob because of its original circular shape on the sea surface. However, this feature is not static, it’s constantly reshaping itself in circulation from mixing so over the course of two years it has spread itself along the west coast."

Carol Janzen is an oceanographer and Operations Director at the Alaska Ocean Observing System in Anchorage. The Blob stems from an unusual weather pattern of high pressure that caused a ridge over the Pacific.

"Some people call it the ridiculously resilient ridge in fact, and this is centered over the Pacific Northwest. So this ridge of high pressure reduced the intensity of storms reaching landfall, led to reduced precipitation on the west coast. So it’s this ridge that is basically being blamed for the formation of the blob."

The blob’s most immediate impact is on the ocean’s circulation, a prime pump for the entire ecosystem . Janzen says the warmer water forms a dense layer that reduces the amount mixing, and prevents of nutrient rich colder water from reaching the surface

"And it is in this surface layer that phytoplankton can grow and they need light and nutrients to do this. Since the phytoplankton are a food source near or at the base of the food chain if you remove or reduce their quantity or change their composition, that can impact the entire food chain. All these processes are linked together but really the underlying driver is the circulation and the physics."

And, of course, reduced phytoplankton means less food for the fish that feed on it.

"So the zooplankton that eat the phytoplankton, and then there is not enough zooplankton for the fish to eat - you can see the impact of that up the food chain."

Another red flag for Alaska is appearance of an organism that can produce domoic acid, similar to Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning. Scientists expect the Blob phenomenon to remain through this year.

AOOS has a blob tracker with related items on its website. The System team also monitors sea ice in Alaska, last week launched an ecosystem mooring in the Chukchi Sea, and for three years has sponsored a robotic glider mission that monitors marine mammals from the Bering northward.

Learn more about the “eye on Alaska’s coasts and oceans” - and enter the short film contest – at www.aoos.org and find links at www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods. Ocean Beauty has contributed over 10 million meals to the U.S. Food Bank network, and is committed to ending hunger in America. www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch

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Court Sides with Klamath River Fish Flows Over Central Valley Districts

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Eureka Times-Standard] By Will Houston - August 28, 2015 -

A U.S. District Court judge has denied two Central Valley Project water districts’ attempt to halt fish kill prevention flows to the Klamath River on Wednesday, making it the second year in a row that the federal court has sided outright with protections of Klamath River fish.

Hoopa Valley Tribe Fisheries Director Mike Orcutt said this is also the first year that the federally promised 50,000 acre-feet of Trinity River water for Humboldt County has come into play in the decision, with a U.S. Department of Interior solicitor’s report formally recognizing this water right after nearly 60 years this past December.

“I think its really good news for fish and the communities of our area,” Orcutt said.

Yurok Tribal Council Chairman Thomas O’Rourke called the decision a “great victory for the Klamath River and its salmon.”

“We are gratified that the judge saw through their desperate efforts to disparage the needs of the fish and to discredit our science,” he said in a statement.

Filed by the Central Valley-based Westlands Water District and San Luis & Delta-Mondota Water Authority against the U.S. Department of the Interior, the request for injunction sought to immediately halt the fish kill preventative flows from Lewiston Dam to the lower Klamath that began on Aug. 21.

The flows were released to mitigate negative health impacts to fish and humans alike caused by low-flowing, warm river water conditions.

Fish surveys recently conducted by the Yurok Tribe found fish with severe infections of the deadly parasite known as ich on the lower Klamath River, with the Hoopa Valley Tribe finding blue-green algae outbreaks as well as fish infected with the gill disease columnaris over the last two months.

“Our salmon fisheries are vital to the economy of the North Coast of California and to the traditions and subsistence needs of our Native American tribes,” North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman said in a press release. “Releasing these cold water flows into the Trinity and lower Klamath Rivers will help prevent a potential disaster in the coming days. The massive fish kill of 2002 should be a constant reminder of what happens when science, environmental laws, and critical fishery requirements are ignored to placate powerful irrigation interests. I commend the Interior Department for doing the right thing, following the law, and taking action to prevent a repeat of 2002.”

In their complaint filed Aug. 21, the two water districts state the Interior Department unlawfully, and without proper agency consultation, released Trinity River Division water to protect a federally unlisted fish species, and in doing so, is further impacting their ability to operate in the midst of an ongoing four-year drought. Both districts are within the Interior Department’s Central Valley Project (CVP).

“Defendants are thus using a CVP resource, stored water in the (Trinity River Division), to address a condition not caused by the CVP, and in a location outside the Central Valley and Trinity River basins, all while they fail to meet their obligations in the Central Valley, and fail to fulfill the ‘principal purpose’ for which the TRD was authorized and constructed, ‘increasing the supply of water available for irrigation and other beneficial uses in the ‘Central Valley of California,’” the complaint states, citing the Congressional Trinity River Division Act of 1955.

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