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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


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] September 2, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A booming fish oil market, plus strong snails and mussels help sore muscles.

An AMSEA trained fisherman is more likely to survive an emergency at sea. The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association provides Coast Guard accepted training for fishermen across Alaska. Learn more at amsea.org

Federal grants are available to help "Made in America" companies compete with imports and save US jobs. Learn more at www.nwtaac.org.

Fish oils have gained fame for their healthy omega-3 boosts, but usage by humans falls way behind that of fish farmers. Their needs will push the global market value of fish oils to $1.7 billion by 2018, driven by China’s booming aquaculture industry. That’s according to a new report called the Global Fish Oil Market - Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018 by Transparency Market Research.

Fish oil in aquaculture accounts for over 75 percent of the global demand; much of it comes from ‘industrialized fisheries’ such as anchovies and menhaden.

Nine Alaska seafood companies are currently producing fish oils – in 2012 the volume was about 26 million pounds, valued at $15 million. The trend is growing, says economist Matt Catterson with the state Commerce Department.

“The global trend is utilizing all of the resources is a reality. There isn’t necessarily going to be more fish available to catch and process so increasing the value of what you catch and process is how the industry will grow in Alaska. And this is not news to any of the seafood companies operating in Alaska.”

The value of snails could increase following news that the teeth of the humble limpet are made of the strongest biological materials ever found. The teeth carve out and anchor the snails to rocks. Using an atomic force microscope, UK researchers found that the snail tooth material was five times stronger than spider silk.

Finally, an Indiana School of Public Health study has revealed that mussels can help relieve aching muscles. In tests with 32 men, those given a pre-exercise supplement containing oil lipids from New Zealand green mussels had significant positive effects – including less muscle soreness, less strength loss and fatigue and inflammation. In previous studies, the oil also has reduced effects of arthritis and other health problems. A company called Pharmalink International is marketing the mussel oil supplements under the Omega XL brand. The story is featured in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

Find links at our website www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, serving Alaska’s fishing communities since 1910. On the web at www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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ADF&G: Bristol Bay Sockeye Run Ranks 2nd Highest in 20 Years

SEAFOODNEWS.COM By Peggy Parker - September 2, 2015

The numbers are in and this year’s sockeye return to Bristol Bay of 58 million fish ranks second only to the Bay's 1995’s record return. This year's run is 70 percent above the 34.2 million average run over the past twenty years.

The harvest of 35.7 million sockeye also ranks second, to 1995’s harvest of 44.27 million sockeyes. This year’s total landings are 53 percent higher than the 20 year average.

The run and harvests were famously late, approximately seven days later than the traditional peak of the season, July 4th. The fish were also small. The bayside average weight of 5.2 pounds is the smallest average weight in the past two decades.

The Bristol Bay 2015 harvest of all salmon species was 36.7 million fish, ranking second over the last 20 years (1995-2014) and worth a preliminary exvessel value of $94.8 million, 15% below the 20-year average of $111.0 million. ADF&G calculated value at $.50/lb. for sockeyes, the price paid during the season. There may be upward adjustments in the coming months as the pack sells.

This season’s run in the Bay was 12 percent above the ADF&G’s forecasted return of 52 million sockeye.

By district, comparisons of pre-season forecasts and actual returns varied widely, from 3 percent below (in Togiak) to 93 percent above (Ugashik.)

The runs in the Naknek/Kvichak district were 14 percent above forecast. Egegik’s return came in 13 percent below the forecast. Nushagak’s return was 9 percent above the forecasted return.

Escapements for all river systems in the Bay were either met or exceeded.

ADF&G’s summary of the 2015 Bristol Bay salmon season is available on their website. All data are preliminary.

Peggy Parker, Science and Sustainability Editor
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