Our 2021 annual report is out this week, and it showcases last year’s accomplishments of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA).
Being in the salmon aquaculture business gives CIAA the ability to be nimble, innovative, and flexible. In 2021, we flexed our knowledge, skills, and abilities to overcome challenges and take advantage of opportunities.
Like so many other organizations, we faced challenges such as recruiting staff and keeping staff safe from the pandemic while working for us. With sometimes skeletal crews in place, we were able to keep all our hatchery and field operations going forward in 2021.
We also faced unique challenges such as the misinformation that was spread concerning the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. We took this particular challenge and turned it into an opportunity to engage the public on how our Trail Lakes Hatchery works in tandem with our Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery to provide valuable fisheries for all Lower Cook Inlet users.
Other 2021 Highlights
- Successfully meeting sockeye and coho egg collection goals.
- Providing valuable commercial, sport, and personal use fisheries such as the sockeye fishery in Resurrection Bay and the China Poot dipnet fishery.
- Making operational improvements including the successful results from a dry-marking program and the purchase of a new pescalator, which is basically a fish escalator.
- Running several smolt and adult counting projects for hatchery operations and/or state fisheries management.
- Completing projects that protected salmon and their habitat including invasive northern pike harvesting.
- Providing education and outreach activities to teach students about Alaska salmon aquaculture, the salmon life cycle, and how satisfying and fun it is to work in aquaculture.
- Partnering and networking with other organizations to be more effective overall.
By reading the stories and examples in our 2021 Annual Report, you can come along with us on our 2021 journey. We are constantly evaluating and are already applying lessons learned to help us be even more successful in 2022.