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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.

 

ABOUT US

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
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Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Fishing Announcement No. 40 opens commercial fishing with set gillnets in Kenai, Kasilof, and East Foreland sections of the Upper Subdistrict on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. This announcement also opens drift gillnetting in all waters of the Central District of Upper Cook Inlet normally open to drift gillnetting (see 5AAC 21.200(b) and 5AAC 21.350(b)) on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Finally, this announcement also opens set gillnetting in the Kalgin Island Subdistrict of Upper Cook Inlet on Saturday, August 1, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

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As Pacific Northwest Salmon Vanish, So Does a Way of Life for Native Americans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Washington Post] By Darryl Fears - July 31, 2015 -

As a drought tightens its grip on the Pacific Northwest, burning away mountain snow and warming rivers, state officials and Native American tribes are becoming increasingly worried that one of the region's most precious resources - wild salmon - might disappear.

Native Americans, who for centuries have relied on salmon for food and ceremonial rituals, say the area's five species of salmon have been declining for years, but the current threat is worse than anything they have seen.

"I grew up always having salmon," said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, whose culture is so intertwined with the migrating fish that they're called the "People of the Salmon." Salmon feasts once marked every phase of life on the reservation north of Seattle - naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals, memorials to the dead. Now they are few, she said.

"We're very worried," said N. Kathryn Brigham, chair of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission in Portland, Ore., which helps manage fisheries for the Yakama Nation and the Warm Springs, Nez Perce and the Umatilla tribes in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

An estimated quarter-million salmon, more than half of the spring spawning run up the Columbia River, perished, probably because of a disease that thrives in warm water and causes gill rot, officials said. Normally cool streams in the river basin are 13 degrees warmer than the 60 degrees prefer salmon, Brigham said.

Salmon in the Northwest come in a variety - chinook, pink, coho, sockeye and chum - and that diversity has helped them survive for eons. When they hatch, some babies stay in place to eat and grow before migrating to the Pacific Ocean. Others swim to the ocean right away.

Adults stay in the Pacific for three to seven years before returning to streams where they hatched by swimming through Puget Sound in Washington or up the Columbia River, which runs from Alberta, Canada, to Oregon.

But as the climate warms, more salmon are starting to move farther north to Canada, experts say. Swimming to cooler waters in the north signals a major shift in behavior for the fish, and public officials are watching the trend with dread.

In addition to their significance to Native American communities, the salmon are worth more than $1 billion annually to each state's sport fishing and tourism industries, which support tens of thousands of jobs.

Oregon and Washington officials recently closed dozens of recreational and commercial fishing spots. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service trucked 160,000 salmon 100 miles from a hatchery in central Oregon to a cooler part of the Columbia River.

As more fish vanish, the Swinomish, whose reservation skirts five bays, rely on handouts from the state and tribal councils. They accept 5,000 to 10,000 pieces per year to freeze, Loomis said.

"There's just no water," she said. "The glaciers are almost gone. The snow in the mountains is not good." Even if salmon survive, but in tiny, remnant populations, "we won't be able to sustain ourselves."

Possible extinction

Off the coast of Oregon, wild chinook salmon are gathering for a fall spawning run up the Columbia, but experts say there's a good chance many will never arrive to lay eggs in the streams and brooks where they hatched several years ago.

Besides facing long-standing hurdles such as dams, the fish now will encounter a large patch of warming water. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Rich Johnson said the cooler ocean water probably will signal to the salmon that it's okay to migrate up the warmer Columbia.

Earlier this year, clusters of dead and dying sockeye salmon were discovered in Oregon's Lower Deschutes River, a Columbia tributary. Officials counted at least 100 fish but speculated that scavengers ate dozens more.

Scientists fear the chinook will suffer the sockeye's fate. Die-offs mean that fewer eggs will hatch and hatchlings might not survive the warm water.

"The bleakest, most dire outcome is if this drought is sustained for a couple more years like California," said Greg McMillan, science and conservation director for Oregon's Deschutes River Alliance. Some populations "could go extinct," he said.

But wild salmon have an array of survival tools. The species do not all migrate at the same time, and their hatchlings do not all behave the same. Some remain in shallow streams two years after hatching, while others head for the Pacific.

"Different life strategies the salmon pursue spread them out and reduce the risk of the population disappearing," said Teresa Scott, drought coordinator for Washington state's Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Still, she said, these are not ordinary times.

Drought is setting both adults and hatchlings up for a kill. The fish die in warm water as they try to reach spawning areas, and small fish die in habitats because warm water depletes oxygen and the vegetation they eat doesn't grow.

Hatchlings that swim to cool ocean water right away will be okay if they manage to make it, Scott said. But the drought that's warming and heating up fresh water is a nightmare for little fish that shelter in place.

"Those fish trying to live in the fresh water for the year are gone, toast," she said. "We're having impacts on fish right now, but that won't be felt until adults don't show up in future years."

A resilient fish

Robert Lackey, professor of fisheries at Oregon State University at Corvallis, said the decline of Northwest salmon populations is following a familiar pattern. When humans develop and thrive in an area, salmon largely disappear. That's what happened in Europe and along the eastern coast of the United States.

"So many people, so much competition for the water," he said.

Lackey believes the drought's threat to salmon is real. "There's no question in my mind if you have a serious drought, thousands and thousands of salmon will die. As the climate warms, whether it's human-caused or natural, a lot of salmon in the southern range will die off."

Salmon populations survived a mega-drought in medieval Europe. "Salmon are resilient," he said. "Their reproduction rates are very, very high. You take the dams out, and within a few years, salmon come back."

But the dams that power Oregon and Washington cities aren't going anywhere, and the current drought is intensifying. And, she said, salmon survived for centuries in the presence of one group of humans: Native Americans.

"Before the non-Indians came, tribes managed the natural resources and protected them," Brigham said. "We were taught that if you take care of the land and the resources, the land will take care of you."



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Price Seen as Major Drawback in Electrifying Commercial Fishing Boats (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] July 31, 2015

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Electro-powered boats – a builder’s view after this --

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Fish Radio reported yesterday on the nation’s first all electric passenger boat, the Tongass Rain - a 50 foot eco-tour boat set to be on the water in Juneau next year. Once its propulsion system is signed off by the Coast Guard, building will get underway.

"We are really excited about it. We’re some of the front runners here with this project and we really think it is the future. The eco-tourism industry is, in my opinion, the best one to start out with."

Trevor O’ Brien manages the production engineering team at Armstrong Marine in Port Angeles, Washington. He says adapting all electric for fishing boats would be much trickier -

"This first boat is a lot simpler than a fishing boat - it’s a passenger boat and we know exactly how many miles they run out and back – and figuring out how much electricity they need to make that run is a lot easier than a fishing boat that you don’t know where they’re going to be going, or how long they’ll be running chillers and how long they’ll have their lights on."

O’Brien says the biggest plus for fishing boats is the simplicity of using a battery and an electric motor. But chillers and compressors for the fish hold are a big power draw and the lithium batteries do pose challenges -

"The most complicated part of the system is the batteries and getting the batteries charged quickly and actually requiring a cooling circuit for the batteries. Some of the systems are liquid cooled and that can get kind of complex."

The biggest drawback now is price – the 50 foot Tongass Rain, for example, will use 10 five kilowatt batteries at $5,000 each. But as with any new technology, O’Brien says prices will drop fast as it gets wider use.

And he is certain that will happen. He points out that all electric ferries are being used in Europe. For Alaska’s fishing fleets, he agrees it will take time to build trust in the new technology. To accomplish that, O’Brien says, all it will take is for a few people to prove it works.

That’s why I’m excited about this project because no one has done it yet and we are willing to be the guinea pig, if you will, and make it happen.

Find links to Armstrong Marine and E/V Tongass Rain at our website – www.alaskafishradio.com

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska company proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture. www.oceanbeauty.com

In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.



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