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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CIAA provides schools salmon life cycle posters

CIAA provides schools salmon life cycle posters

The salmon life cycle poster produced by CIAA for area classrooms. Two years ago, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) produced our Enough For All sign for the Homer harbor fish cleaning station. The sign explains the stages of the salmon life cycle and CIAA's...

Osmoregulation: How salmon survive in freshwater and saltwater

Osmoregulation: How salmon survive in freshwater and saltwater

Sockeyes and silvers returning from Cook Inlet open ocean waters to Marten Lake. Lisa Ka'aihue, CIAA Salmon are anadromous, which means their fragile young are hatched in protected freshwater lakes and streams then migrate to saltwater. They spend their adult lives in...

As adult salmon return, CIAA shifts to annual egg take

As adult salmon return, CIAA shifts to annual egg take

Sorting pink salmon at Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. CIAA Each year, the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) collects salmon eggs and fertilizes them to produce the next generation of salmon. Hatcheries call this process “egg take” or “gamete...

The basics of adult salmon sampling

The basics of adult salmon sampling

Fisheries Technician Ben Reith takes a scale from a Delight Lake sockeye salmon. He is using a padded board to measure the salmon before releasing it back to Delight Creek. CIAA When adult salmon start returning to the freshwater tributaries of Cook Inlet its cause...

Sustained Yield: Which Numbers Matter Most?

Sustained Yield: Which Numbers Matter Most?

A CIAA fisheries technician tends to a weir at Chelatna Lake in the Susitna watershed. CIAA ran this weir for a number of years to assist with fisheries management. CIAA Alaskans take sustainability very seriously. In fact, a concept called "sustained yield" is baked...

How CIAA makes beaver dams better for salmon

How CIAA makes beaver dams better for salmon

The pond created by a beaver dam at Shell Creek provides important habitat for juvenile salmon. CIAA Although beaver dams improve natural habitat for young salmon, sometimes they can get in the way of adults trying to spawn. Salmon have been cruising into our rivers...

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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.

Hatcheries

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

HABITAT

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.

Jessica Speed

Coordinator, Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership

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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 Fishermans’ Fund
  • Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
  • Cook Inlet Seiners 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  inlet-wide commercial fishermen and processors