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Two hundred and twenty-three individuals, organizations and municipalities sent in comments to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council objecting to their last minute “Alternative 4” option for a Cook Inlet Fishery Management Plan that would simply close the federal waters in Cook Inlet to commercial salmon fishing.

One (1) comment was posted in support of Alternative 4. Not surprisingly, that comment is from the Kenai River Sportfishing Association that, under Bob Penney’s command, has been striving to eliminate commercial fishing in Cook Inlet for over 30 years.

This issue is gaining attention:   Seafood News.Com 11/30/20

Bob Penney moves closer to big return on Dunleavy investment

The written comment deadline was November 27.  There will be an opportunity to give oral testimony to the Council on Monday, December 7, according to their current agenda. Check back here for instructions and updates on the agenda timing.

Go to Current Issues and Events for the back story on this subject.

 

 

 

 

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. Today the industry is vital to the economic health of over 20 communities around Cook Inlet and on the Kenai Peninsula. This sustainable source of wild salmon contributes to the food security of both Alaska and the nation.

In 2015 the McDowell Group published “The Economic Impact of the Seafood Industry in Southcentral Alaska.”  Some of the key findings from the report include an industry employment rate of over 10,000 people in Southcentral Alaska and total economic output of $1.2 billion per year. Salmon is the foundation of this seafood industry, accounting for 85% of the value.

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
John McCombsDirectorF/V Rayo Verde
Steve TvenstrupDirectorF/V Alaskan Lady
Dyer VanDevereDirectorF/V Swift Arrow
Tad RussellDirectorF/V Lorri Lee
Brian HarrisonDirectorF/V Elizabeth Lee

 


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Soldotna, Alaska
(907) 260-9436

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