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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


43961 K-Beach Road, Suite E
Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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More Pacific Coast Hatchery Salmon Could Receive Protections

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Seattle Times] By KEITH RIDLER, The Associated Press - October 27, 2016

Federal authorities want to add more hatchery-raised fish to the 28 Pacific Coast salmon and steelhead stocks listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The National Marine Fisheries Service in a document made public Friday said 23 hatchery programs could produce fish genetically similar to their wild but struggling cousins and should have the option of receiving federal protections.

The agency recently completed a five-year review required for listed species and plans no changes to the threatened or endangered status for the salmon and steelhead populations found in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

The review included 330 hatchery programs. About half of those are already involved in boosting listed salmon and steelhead populations. Other hatchery programs are intended to produce large numbers of fish for anglers.

The document released Friday proposes eliminating five of the hatchery programs from ESA listings, meaning there’s a net increase of 18 programs.

The 23 proposed programs are mostly in Oregon and Washington, but there are some in Idaho and one in California that involves the Livingston Stone National Fish Hatchery and its efforts with winter-run chinook salmon in the Sacramento River.

Scientists say the net increase of 18 programs is part of a trend among fisheries managers of using locally adapted fish with the goal of producing fish more able to survive in the wild.

“There’s been considerable research on this and we generally understand that hatchery fish do not survive in the wild as well as wild fish,” said Rob Jones of the National Marine Fisheries Service. “But we have gotten much better at understanding how to narrow that gap and produce hatchery fish that have a better and better chance at surviving in the wild.”

“There’s been considerable research on this and we generally understand that hatchery fish do not survive in the wild as well as wild fish,” said Rob Jones of the National Marine Fisheries Service. “But we have gotten much better at understanding how to narrow that gap and produce hatchery fish that have a better and better chance at surviving in the wild.”

Several watchdog environmental groups involved with salmon and steelhead and watershed ecosystems declined to immediately comment, citing the complexity of the federal proposal.

But Sara LaBorde, executive vice president of the Wild Salmon Center, gave an initial assessment.

“It seems like some of this language is housekeeping and some of it may have long term policy implications,” she said in a statement to The Associated Press. “At this point, it’s important for all of us to read the notice and understand it fully.”

Conservation groups, in general, are concerned that an overreliance on hatchery fish could cause further declines in wild fish runs and additional degradation to the watersheds wild fish need to survive.

The watersheds themselves include dams needed to produce energy, control floods and provide irrigation. Other activities such as timber harvest and road construction can also are cause problems for migrating salmon, Jones said, and the hatcheries are intended to mitigate for those losses.

Salmon and steelhead runs are a fraction of what they were before modern settlement. Of the salmon and steelhead that now return, experts say, about 70 to 90 percent originated in hatcheries.

Public comments on the federal proposal are being taken through Dec. 20.

Linda Lindner
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Alaska is Once Again the Top US State for Seafood Landings and Values (Fish Radio)

[Fish Radio with Laine Welch] October 27, 2016

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Alaska is home to the nation’s top three fishing ports. I’ll tell you more after this --

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Alaska claimed the top three fishing ports for landings again last year, and in fact, led all US states in terms of seafood landings and value. That’s according to the annual Fisheries of the US report for 2015 released yesterday by NOAA Fisheries. Chief Scientist, Dr. Richard Merrick -

“For the 19th consecutive year the Alaska port of Dutch Harbor led the nation in the highest amount of seafood landed at 787 million pounds valued at $218 million. And again New Bedford had the highest valued catch for any port - $322 million for 124 million pounds. Most of that was due to the high price of sea scallops and accounted for 76 percent of the value of the landings in New Bedford”.

Kodiak ranked second and the Aleutian Islands was number three, thanks to Trident’s plant at Akutan, the nation’s largest seafood processing facility. In all, 13 Alaska ports made the nation’s top 50 list for landings and six were in the top ten, including the Aleutian Islands, the Alaska Peninsula, Naknek and Cordova.

In other highlights: Alaska led all states in volume of landings at six billion pounds, and in value of landings at $1.8 billion.

Alaska accounted for nearly 98 percent of all wild salmon landings, with West Coast states making up the rest. Total salmon landings last year were 1.1 billion pounds, an increase of 48 percent with a value of over $460 million, down more than 25 percent compared with 2014. The average price per pound for all salmon species in Alaska was 40 cents last year, down by half from the previous year.

For halibut, the Pacific fishery accounted for all but 216,000 pounds of the total halibut catch. Average prices to fishermen was $4.86 a pound, compared to $4.94 the previous year.

US landings of king crab were 17.5 million pounds, valued at nearly $99 million, increases of 5 percent and more than 15 percent, respectively.

Alaska is home to the most seafood processing plants at 151 that employed more than 10,000 people.

Nearly half of the world’s seafood consumption comes from aquaculture; the US ranks fourteenth in production.

And for the second year in a row, Americans ate slightly more seafood at 15.5 pounds. Richard Merrick –

“On dinner plates the average American added nearly an extra pound of seafood – nine tenths of a pound, to their diet.”

The Fisheries of the US report includes recreational fishing, exports, trade data and much more. Find it at our website – 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.

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DFO Publishes Sustainability Survey Results of Canadian Fisheries for First Time

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Chronicle Herald] by Andrea Gunn - October 27, 2016

For the first time, members of the public are able to access detailed information about the state of Canada’s fish stocks.

In an effort to bring more transparency to fisheries management, fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc announced Wednesday that the government will publish the results of their Sustainability Survey for Fisheries — an annual study into Canada’s 159 key fish stocks — on the Department of Fisheries and Oceans webpage every year so the public can monitor management progress. The results of the 2015 survey have already been posted.

LeBlanc made the announcement at Oceana Canada’s Science Symposium in Ottawa.

“Why would a government want to hide basic scientific research and scientific work from Canadians? The more people that can understand it and benefit from it, the better decisions everybody will make,” LeBlanc told reporters following the announcement.

“We think the whole country and the world benefits by having better access in a more user-friendly way to the data and frankly, it forces policymakers and decision-makers to properly consider this work.”

LeBlanc also said the department is working toward also including historical data on the site.

In June, Oceana Canada released a report containing the most comprehensive public study ever conducted on the state of Canada’s fish stocks, but according to the report’s authors, the lack of available information made it extremely difficult.

“One of the major findings of the report, that we hadn’t originally anticipated, is that there was a huge lack of transparency in scientific data about the state of our oceans,” said Dr. Julia Baum, associate professor of biology at the University of Victoria and lead author of the report.

“Prior to today there was no public list of what we actually fish in Canada, which sounds quite ludicrous.”

Baum and co-author Dr. Susanna Fuller, a Halifax-based marine biologist, described months of frustrating data-wrangling to get the information needed for their report, from perusing hard-to-navigate government web pages to dozens of emails back and forth with individual scientists.

The process was so arduous the pair eventually ran out of time and had to give up, concluding their report with only 115 species.

Baum said making information about Canada’s fisheries available online will make the job of researchers much easier in the future, and will allow them to focus time and energy on the topic at hand rather than collecting the necessary data.

Oceana Canada executive director Joshua Laughren said Tuesday’s announcement left him feeling hopeful for future of Canada’s fisheries.

Laughren said the issues with fisheries management extend far beyond one government, but he feels comforted that Trudeau’s Liberals share many of the the same conservation goals and are more open to consultation with groups like Oceana than previous governments.

“This government has made commitments in the platform, made commitments in the mandate letters, they followed that up with money in the budget, and now we’re starting to see delivery of some of those commitments,” he said.

Laughren called the government’s commitment to publishing survey results a necessary first step in working towards improving fisheries management as a whole. Ultimately, he said, he would like to see rebuilding plans implemented for all depleted species, as well as building into legislation a duty to rebuild stocks similar to what is presently in place in the United States and European Union.

“I think of this as foundational. It’s putting the tools in place to get on a rebuilding agenda for Canada so we’re very happy,” he said.

On Wednesday, LeBlanc also highlighted several funding items centred around fisheries science, including more than $500,000 for Ocean Networks Canada to organize its Pacific fisheries, mammal and ocean data, and $24 million that will be invested each year exclusively for science activities that support healthy fish stocks.

Michael Ramsingh
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 + The Anchorage Fish & Game Advisory Committee’s will meet on Tuesday, November 1st at King Career Center, located at 2650 E Northern Lights Blvd, at 6:30 pm. Agenda will include discussion Federal Subsistence MOU, Board of Fisheries Upper Cook Inlet proposals 71 – 84, 182 – 185, 208 and 232. Also any other comments and final votes on Lower Cook Inlet. For more information contact Joel Doner at 345-7262. Posted online, emailed and added to calendar 10/17/2016.

 +The Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7 pm at the City Council chambers, located at 410 Adams Street in Seward. Agenda will include preparation of comments on Board of Fisheries proposals and any other matters of interest that may properly come before the committee. For more information, contact Jim McCracken at 362-3701. Posted online, emailed and added to calendar 10/26/2016.

 +The Kenai/Soldotna Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Monday, November 7th at 6:30 pm at the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association, located at 40610 K-Beach Road. The tentative agenda will include: prepare comments on Board of Fish proposals 1 – 46 (Lower Cook Inlet); Federal Subsistence MOU; and any other business that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Mike Crawford at 252-2919. Posted online, emailed and added to calendar 10/17/2016. Emailed to Constance to post in Soldotna office 10/25/2016.

 +The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, November 8th at 6 pm at the NERRS building on Kachemak Bay Road. Agenda will include preparing comments on Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries saltwater salmon sport fishing proposals and any other business that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340. Posted online, emailed and added to calendar 10/17/2016.

 + The Anchorage Fish & Game Advisory Committee’s Game Subcommittee will meet Thursday, November 10th at 6:30 pm at Bass Pro meeting room, located at 3046 Mountain View Drive. Agenda includes discussion of Arctic / Western Region Board of Game proposals, as well as review of the Agenda Change Requests accepted by the BOG for the Bethel meeting. For more information contact Frank Neumann at 529-0892. Emailed flier to Victoria Peck to post at Bass Pro 10/25/2016. Posted online, emailed and added to calendar 10/25/2016.
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