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Board of Directors Openings

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity to put your strategic thinking skills to work? CIAA is seeking nominations to fill three at-large Director seats.

OF the Cook Inlet
and Kenai peninsula


So there will be
enough for all

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Salmon meals provided by Alaska hatcheries in 2018


Hatchery born.
Ocean raised.

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association is a private, non-profit corporation that engages in salmon enhancement and habitat work throughout the Cook Inlet region for the benefit of commercial, subsistence, sport, and personal use fishing.

We provide hatchery-born, ocean-raised, wild salmon harvest through science, data, and community involvement.


CIAA maintains four hatcheries that enhance the wild salmon runs of the Cook Inlet region.


CIAA conducts numerous restoration and monitoring projects each year.

Education and Outreach

CIAA shares its knowledge and resources with the community through tours and school visits.

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Be it staff time, expertise, support on grants, outreach, equipment, experimental design, or friendship, CIAA has always been a valuable partner and we are very grateful for our relationship.

Christy Cincotta

Executive Director, Tyonek Tribal Conservation District

One small association
makes a huge impact

As a private, non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Alaska, CIAA engages in salmon enhancement and habitat work throughout the Cook Inlet region. This region includes waters of Alaska in Cook Inlet and Resurrection Bay north of Cape Douglas and west of Cape Fairfield including the Barren Islands and all the region’s freshwater drainages.


  • The Cook Inlet area is 192 miles long with more than 8,000 square miles of saltwater.
  • The area stretches 430 miles from north to south and 220 miles from east to west. It drains 39,000 square miles, about the size of Virginia.
  • The area includes the Kenai River, Kasilof River, Susitna River, Little Susitna River, Matanuska River, Resurrection River, and the outer Kenai Peninsula coast.
  • Over half of Alaska’s population live in the area—around 460,000 residents. 
  • The most popular and accessible fisheries in Alaska are located in the Cook Inlet area, Resurrection Bay, and the outer Kenai Peninsula coast.

Board affiliations

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association board includes members of the following municipalities and organizations

  • Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund
  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
  • Cook Inlet Seiner’s Association
  • Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association
  • North Pacific Fisheries Association
  • Northern District Set Netters of Cook Inlet
  • United Cook Inlet Drift Association
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough
  • Matanuska-Susitna Borough
  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • City of Homer
  • City of Kachemak
  • City of Seward
  • Port Graham/Nanwalek
  • Representatives of processors and inlet-wide commercial fishermen

Notice of 2020 Nominations

Election of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) Directors

Dear Cook Inlet (Area H) Limited Entry Salmon Permit Holder,

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity that will put your strategic thinking skills to work? Are you committed to sustaining salmon fisheries for all users in Area H? If so, then consider joining the CIAA Board of Directors!

We are seeking nominations to fill three at-large Director seats. The Board of Directors meets one Saturday every other month between the months of September and May. An annual meeting is held in February.

Of the 27 Director’s seats, five (5) Inlet Wide Commercial Fishermen Representatives are nominated and elected “at-large” by all permit holders. The terms of three (3) at-large seats expire at the 2021 annual meeting on Saturday, February 20, 2021. Newly-elected Directors will begin a 3-year term at the same meeting and will serve through February 2024.

A valid nominating petition must be either postmarked by November 16, 2020 or hand delivered to the CIAA Kenai office by 5 p.m. on November 18, 2020.