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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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Greetings all,
Several of our Marine Ecosystems Workgroup members expressed interest in using our fall meeting to discuss the upcoming revision of the ADFG Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area Management Plan. A public scoping period will open September 26, 2016 and continue through November 4, 2016. During this time three public meetings will be held and written, electronic, and verbal comments will be accepted. Please follow the link to ADF&G’s scoping webpage for more details.
I encourage all of you to attend one of the scoping meetings to listen or get oriented to the process. I will follow up with a poll to determine a date in October for our group to meet.
6:00 PM at the following locations:
September 26: Islands and Oceans Visitor Center, Homer
September 27: Seldovia Public Library, Seldovia
October 3: Willian Jack Hernandez Hatchery Conference Room, Anchorage

Thank you for your collaboration,

Syverine Abrahamson
Coastal Training Program Coordinator
(907) 235-4791 phone (907) 235-4794 fax
2181 Kachemak Drive Homer, AK 99603
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The Homer Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet Tuesday, October 11th at 6 pm at the NERRS building on Kachemak Bay Road.

Agenda will include a discussion of critical habitat review, Board of Fisheries proposals and any other business that may properly come before the committee.

For more information contact Dave Lyon at 399-2340.
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Jake Jacobsen Chronicles His Life as a Bering Sea Crab Boat Captain in New Book

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Bristol Bay Times] by Jim Paulin - September 26, 2016

Former crab fisherman Jake Jacobsen doesn't have a high opinion of The Deadliest Catch, even if the popular reality television show might help him sell his book.

"Despite the continued capitalization on the horrifying history of Bering Sea crab fishing by a sensationalistic television show, it is now one of the safest fisheries," he said in "Chronicles of a Bering Sea Captain," published this year.

Yet the 211-page book's back cover points directly to the fame created by the show.

"These are the true-life stories of Jake Jacobsen. They capture everything you see on TV — the crab pots, the pot launchers, the slippery decks ... ." He credits the rationalization program with making crabbing safer.

Raised in a Seattle fishing family, Jacobsen's plans for a medical career were cut short by a poor fishing season, when, after completing his master's degree, he was without money for a doctorate. At sea, he did perform emergency medical procedures. He even describes the book's one sex scene in clinical language.

"Most fisheries observers are fine professionals dedicated to the difficult task of data collection on a fishing boat," though he chose to write about the "exceptions" and "isolated experiences.

"I am not trying to get anybody in trouble, especially myself," he wrote, before mentioning a reported injury on deck, blamed on the mate not paying attention while driving the boat, distracted by an interlude.

"There are female observers as well," he said. "The weather was rough, and a boarding sea hit one of the deckhands.
After the season, he sued the boat claiming he was injured in the incident. He claimed that his injury would not have occurred if the mate had been paying attention and alerted him to the oncoming wave."

Jacobsen got an early start in the business, when he "tagged along" on his father's fishing boat as a 7-year-old. At age
14, in 1969, he was a deckhand on his family's boat, Paragon. Later, he skippered Pelagos and Paragon II, owned by his dad, Erling Jabobsen.

In the "sad goodbyes/memorable Maydays" chapter, Jacobsen recalls friends lost at sea on the Vestfjord in 1989, Northwest Mariner in 1995, Pacesetter in 1996, and Big Valley in 2005.

Capt. Gary Edwards who died when the Big Valley sank, was a personal friend and active in the former Alaska Marketing Association crab price negotiating group, along with Jacobsen .

"I still have a check for $500 written by Gary the night he left Dutch Harbor. I couldn't bring myself to cash it. I kept it as a memento of a friend."

Jacobsen learned a lot from his father, despite some communication difficulties. On the Paragon II, he thought his dad wanted him to check the "sink plugs" in the engine. He didn't know what they were and couldn't find them in the instructional manual. Finally, he looked under "Z" instead of "S." Then he got it.

"I failed to account for my father's thick Norwegian accent. It was not a sink plug, but a zinc plug," which protects engines from corrosive seawater.

Nowadays, it's easier to keep in touch with family thanks to satellites and cell phones. Those weren't available in his early fishing career.

"In Dutch Harbor, I sometimes walked several miles to find a phone booth, only to find it inoperable," he wrote
While mainly a crabber, he also worked on the factory trawler Seafreeze Pacific, and was the captain of the longliner Pacific Lady, later renamed Blue Attu. He also worked on the Valiant, Southern Wind, and Pacific Voyager.

Working as a codfish processors on a longliner is "no picnic, he said, describing the work as "long, tedious, miserable."

"A sense of adventure, desperation for money, and tolerance for unpleasant circumstances are all requirements for work on any at-sea processing vessel."

Drug use remains "pervasive" in the fishing industry, although "dealers no longer openly peddle their product on the docks of Dutch Harbor," where he saw heroin use for the first time, in the early '70s.

"I did not allow drugs (or alcohol) on any of my boats, but some captains dispensed cocaine like candy."

Jacobsen writes about extreme weather, at sea and on land. "When winds in Dutch Harbor exceed one hundred knots, causing sheets of plywood to become airborne, and the airport terminal roof has peeled away again, it's not a news flash, it's just Wednesday."

Eventually he stopped working on boats, but stayed in the business , as a marine surveyor and crab price negotiator, and is now executive director of the Intercooperative Exchange, representing most Bering Sea crabbers.

The 72-term fishing glossary at the end of the book is a nice touch, with definitions of gear, bait chopper, brailer, boneyard, coiler, codend, chafing gear, IFQs, IPQs, AFA, launcher, line, soak, tender, trawl door, etc.

Michael Ramsingh
SeafoodNews.com 1-732-240-5330
Editorial Email: Editor@seafood.com
Reporter's Email: michaelramsingh@seafood.com

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Gov. Jay Inslee Wants Federal Disaster Declared for Washington's Historically Poor Coho Runs

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [KING] by Alison Morrow - September 26, 2016

Gov. Jay Inslee is requesting the federal government declare a "commercial fishery failure" in Washington after two consecutive years of poor salmon runs.

In a letter to Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Inslee asked for a declaration for the 2015 Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay non-treaty commercial salmon fisheries.

"Salmon fisheries throughout Washington were affected by the poor return of coho in 2015, with statewide commercial coho catch being less than 20-percent of the recent 5-year average, and ex-vessel value being less than 15-percent of the recent 5-year average," Inslee wrote.

Coho runs were predicted at historic lows for 2016 as well, with tight restrictions placed around Puget Sound. In his letter, Inslee adds that he may request further relief for fisheries affected in 2016.

"These impacts may extend to salmon fisheries in other parts of Washington due to the limitations imposed on fisheries for other species based on the need to limit interceptions of coho returning at critically low levels," Inslee wrote.

Michael Ramsingh
SeafoodNews.com 1-732-240-5330
Editorial Email: Editor@seafood.com
Reporter's Email: michaelramsingh@seafood.com

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