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Lensing bags: A freshwater oasis in the sea for sockeye

Lensing bags: A freshwater oasis in the sea for sockeye

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...

Elodea: Alaska’s first invasive plant

Elodea: Alaska’s first invasive plant

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...

Seven ways to get your board petition signatures

Seven ways to get your board petition signatures

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...

Zombie salmon: The plight of the swimming dead 

Zombie salmon: The plight of the swimming dead 

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...

A day in the life of a fisheries technician

A day in the life of a fisheries technician

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...

CIAA accepts petitions for board of directors openings

CIAA accepts petitions for board of directors openings

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...

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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
The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team meeting is set for December 13, 2022 at CIAA. Contact CIAA for more information.
The Cook Inlet Regional Planning Team meeting is set for December 13, 2022 at CIAA. Contact CIAA for more information.