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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

 


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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Ballot Measure 1 Hearings Draw Out Salmon Champions Statewide

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SitNews] - October 15, 2018

Energized Alaskans who seek to protect salmon for its cultural, spiritual and economic value showed resounding support for Ballot Measure 1 at seven public hearings that were held across the state throughout the month of September. In Dillingham, Bethel, Fairbanks and Juneau, attendees spoke out in support of the initiative, with 100 percent of testifiers in Sitka urging Alaskans to vote Yes on 1.

“Ballot Measure 1 is widely supported by Alaskans, because it strikes the right balance between responsible development and salmon habitat protection,” said Christopher Tobias, owner of Roe Hard Guiding Service, LLC in Wasilla. “Here in the valley, over the last few years, we have seen diminished salmon returns. With some foresight and thoughtful planning, we can avoid the bleak reality of places like Washington and Oregon, where once thriving salmon runs have been completely devastated.”

“With this ballot measure, we now have the opportunity to be proactive, rather than reactive, to protect our salmon and their habitat, before it’s too late,” added Tobias.

In Bethel, where the permitting process for the Donlin Gold Mine did not allow residents to comment or protest potential lost salmon runs, 15 of the 17 testifiers spoke out in support of the initiative -- which would offer new public involvement requirements. Likewise, in Dillingham, more than a dozen residents spoke in favor of the initiative with only one speaking in opposition.

According to Yes for Salmon, outside of the hearings, Ballot Measure 1 has received broad support from a wide range of Alaskans, including nearly 400 endorsements from tribal entities, commercial, sport and subsistence fishermen and local businesses. Additionally, Yes for Salmon says tens of thousands of residents have spoken up over the last few years in favor of putting Alaskans in charge of ensuring that the state’s thriving wild salmon runs are protected for future generations.

“Ballot Measure 1 is a chance for every Alaskan to stand up in support of salmon. As our state grows, more and more projects have the potential to irreparably harm salmon habitat,” said Mark Niver, a Bristol Bay commercial fisherman who also works for the oil industry. “This initiative is our opportunity to define responsible resource development and ensure a diverse, robust economy for all Alaskans for years to come.”

In opposition and encouraging a NO vote is Stand for Alaska Vote NO on 1. Stand for Alaska states on their website that Ballot Measure 1 would replace Alaska's current science-based fish habitat protections with new, unproven regulations that would impact virtually any type of project in Alaska. The measure poses a threat to Alaska’s communities, Alaska jobs and Alaska's economy by adding complicated red tape that will impact private property owners and companies alike. Stand for Alaska states that the Ballot Measure was funded by Outside money and the ballot measure was written in private without public review or comment. There were no public hearings to discuss the potential impacts or provide alternative perspectives.

However, over the last few weeks, 8 public hearings have been held.

The last statewide teleconference hearing was held Sat., Oct. 13.

Ballot Measure 1 will go before Alaska voters on November 6, 2018.

Yes for Salmon (Vote YES) is a diverse group of Alaska-based individuals, businesses and organizations dedicated to passing a ballot initiative that updates Alaska’s law governing development in salmon habitat. To learn more, visit www.yesforsalmon.org.

The Stand for Alaska group (Vote NO) represents a broad, statewide coalition, including Alaska Native corporations, trade unions, businesses and industry organizations, as well as a growing coalition of Alaskans concerned about the state’s economic future. Stand for Alaska opposes Ballot Measure 1 which would overhaul regulations affecting virtually any type of project in Alaska. The measure poses a threat to our jobs, our economy and our communities. To learn more visit www.standforak.com



Susan Chambers, Contributing Writer
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Hurricane Michael Damages Glacier's New Alaska-Bound Factory Trawler in Florida Shipyard

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Seattle Times] by Hal Bernton - October 15, 2018

Hurricane Michael ripped an almost-finished Alaska factory trawler built for a Seattle company from a shipyard mooring in Panama City, Florida, and left it lying on its starboard side in the shallow water of Saint Andrews Bay.

"The boat was nearing completion, and because of all the destruction down there we have not been able to survey the vessel," said Jim Johnson, president of Seattle-based Glacier Fish Co., which is responsible for managing the ship.

The 261-foot-long North Star was constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City, which was hit hard by the Category 4 hurricane that slammed ashore earlier this week, bringing fierce winds and storm surges. The ship was scheduled to journey north next month, and this winter start netting and processing Alaska groundfish with a crew of some 50 people.

"There is a lot of work and a huge amount of effort that goes into this, and we were so close," Johnson said.

Johnson said Glacier Fish is now working with shipyard, insurance and salvage officials to retrieve the vessel and survey its condition. He said it's too early to talk about what type of damage it may have sustained.

The company has not disclosed the cost of building the vessel.

Glacier Fish is a part-owner of Iquique US, also of Seattle, which built the North Star and also operates four other vessels that catch and do initial processing of yellowfin sole, rock sole and other groundfish. Glacier Fish also operates three of its own vessels.

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