We provide and protect the salmon resource of the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula
So there will be enough for all
Salmon return to Bear Creek Weir. Kendra Krasin
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Sockeye salmon swimming in the Tutka Bay Lagoon freshwater lensing bag. Alex Walczyk, CIAA Guest post by Riley Waterman, Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery Manager A lensing bag is like a swimming pool of freshwater suspended in the ocean. The Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery uses...
A clump of Elodea pulled from an infestation on Alexander Lake. If all Alaskans aren’t diligent in their decontamination (Clean.Drain.Dry) procedures Elodea could become a much larger problem throughout the state. Dan Coleman, DNR. Elodea is a fast...
CIAA board petitions forms are due November 18 for the organization's Inlet Wide board member election. Adobe Stock The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association is seeking nominees for two vacant Inlet Wide board seats. Included in this process is a nominating petition form...
Not dead yet, and not quite alive, zombie salmon can be a scary sight! Trenton Schipper, CIAA Their skin is pallid gray, covered with mold, and beginning to fall off. Their heads are sometimes bumpy and squishy. They may be missing an eye or two. Yes, zombie salmon...
CIAA seasonal fisheries technician Max Tostenson takes in the view at his summer job site. Max Tostenson We asked our seasonal employees to help us picture a typical day at one of the remote locations for Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. We heard from Max...
In 1976, a new fishermen’s organization emerged in Cook Inlet to enhance salmon fisheries and bring more stability to the commercial fishery markets. Since its incorporation, the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) has operated hatcheries, collected data, and...
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.
Salmon meals provided by Alaska hatcheries in 2018
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CIAA has been a great partner! In my over 10 years of working with them, CIAA has, and continues to be very engaged and committed in their support of salmon habitat conservation in the Mat-Su.
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.