The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association was incorporated in 1976 to provide the Cook Inlet drainage with an organized, scientifically-respected community, responsible for the protection of self-sustaining salmon stocks and the rehabilitation of salmon stocks and habitat.
These goals set forth by the board of directors are accomplished by maximizing the value of Cook Inlet’s common property salmon resource through the use of science, education, and technology.
We are stewards of wild salmon for all who fish here
The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association enhances salmon fisheries, using fish hatcheries throughout the region. Our activities benefit commercial fishing, sport fishing, tourism, and personal use harvests.
Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association is a nonprofit regional association which exists to:
- Protect self-sustaining salmon stocks and the habitat upon which they depend
- Rehabilitate self-sustaining salmon stocks
- Rehabilitate salmon habitat
- Maximize the value of the Cook Inlet (Area H) common property salmon resource by applying science and enhancement technology where appropriate
To accomplish this mission the Board of Directors of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association will:
- Seek protection of salmon habitat through active participation (testimony, committee work, data input, etc.) in
planning, permitting and enforcement processes.
- Conduct salmon rehabilitation and enhancement projects which can be expected to significantly contribute
to common property fishery harvests. An average harvest rate of 50% in the common property fishery is the
acceptable standard for “significant contribution.” This standard does not apply during project development or
to projects designed solely for cost recovery harvest.
- Conduct evaluation activities which increase the effectiveness of project implementation.
- Engage in research which advances the state of enhancement/rehabilitation technology.
- Be sensitive to the interests of those harvesting the Area H common property salmon resource.
- Educate the public about the salmon resource and the mission, goals and projects of the Association.
- Maintain the highest standards of financial responsibility and accountability for the funds entrusted to it.
- Maintain facilities, administrative practices and personnel policies which require and encourage its staff to perform in a safe, professional and cost-effective manner.
- Comply with all statutes and regulations governing private nonprofit aquaculture association activities in the
State of Alaska.
- Participate, within the limits for tax-exempt corporations, in the development of legislation and regulation relevant to attainment of the mission.
YEARS at China Poot
also known as Leisure Lake, where CIAA stocks salmon the personal use dipnetters.
in which CIAA has been providing the sockeye salmon for the Resurrection Bay sockeye salmon fishery, primarily a hatchery run.
Average Annual Harvest
of CIAA-provided sockeye salmon in lower Cook Inlet for personal use and subsistence harvests
that have been surveyed for beaver dams obstructing salmon passage in the Cook Inlet drainage
harvested in the Susitna watershed, potentially saving hundreds of thousands of salmon fry from being eaten by pike.
stocked annually into Bear Lake and Resurrection Bay for the Resurrection Bay sockeye salmon fishery
During the summer and fall, CIAA collects valuable information used to evaluate natural salmon populations, the performance of salmon habitat improvement and hatchery release projects. Additionally, the salmon population data collected at smolt traps and adult counting weirs is used by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for fisheries management.
CIAA also conducts other research projects, such as tagging studies to investigate the predicability of migrating salmon and limnological sampling to estimate the productive potential of salmon rearing lakes in the Cook Inlet drainage, and assists the Kenai Watershed Forum with baseline data collections.