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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


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Soldotna, Alaska
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McDowell Says Market Conditions are Ripe for High Alaska Sockeye Prices This Summer (Fish Radio)

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] February 22, 2017

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch … Market outlooks appear good for some upcoming fisheries. More after this –

Habitat laws that protect Alaska salmon have not been updated since statehood. Defend our right to healthy rivers and sustainable fisheries at www.standforsalmon.org and on Facebook.

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A report showing Alaska seafood market summaries and outlooks reveals that as always, much will depend on how global exchange rates come into play, but things are heartening for many Alaska species.

An Alaska Seafood Marking Institute overview, compiled by the McDowell Group, shows that for sockeye salmon, wholesale prices are expected to remain strong based on robust demand in 2016 sales and increasing farmed salmon prices. Japan also has re-emerged as an important buyer of smaller sized sockeye and larger fish are reportedly selling well in Europe’s smoked salmon market. Conversely, canned prices have fallen sharply and the “Brexit” vote has further reduced demand in the U.K., the largest canned red market.

For halibut, fresh wholesale prices increased slightly in 2016, despite an increase in harvest volume, indicating a steady demand for Alaska halibut.

Americans also are getting a taste for sablefish, or black cod, which last year saw fishermen’s prices topping $9 a pound for larger sizes. Japan still buys more than two-thirds of Alaska’s black cod, but purchases are dropping off as other customers, notably the U.S. step up purchases.

Looking at Alaska’s key herring fisheries at Sitka and Togiak, the dockside value increased 14 percent last year to nearly $4 million. The average value per ton increased 38 percent to $149 per ton on average. However, inventories in freezers have increased and there’s a feeling of over-supply in the market. A stronger Japanese yen and decreased supply this year could help prices, but downward trends in demand for roe herring could have a dampening effect.

The average price of Pacific cod exports are flat to down slightly, and overall export value is down year to date. On a bright note, there’s good demand in the U.S. market with customers asking for U.S.-sourced products.

The ASMI report also includes recaps and outlooks for all salmon, pollock, flatfish, sea cucumbers, crab and geoduck clams. Find links at www.alaskafishradio.com and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

Michael Ramsingh
SeafoodNews.com 1-732-240-5330
Editorial Email: Editor@seafood.com
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The UCIDA Office will be closed for the Board of Fish from February 22 thru March 8. Hope to see you all at the Board meeting at the Sheraton in Anchorage. You may contact me at 907-252-8393.
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