Alaska Salmon Alliance Jan 2015 Update
Alaska Salmon Alliance Jan 20...

Alaska Salmon Alliance Jan 20...

Alaska Salmon Alliance Jan 20...

Alaska Salmon Alliance January 2015 Update

The Alaska Salmon Alliance (ASA) is an IRS exempt 501(c)6 fisheries trade organization and a registered Alaska Corporation, representing seafood processors and commercial fishermen in Cook Inlet. We joined together with the goal of preserving long-term opportunities, not just for ourselves, but for all user groups dependent on the salmon stocks of Southcentral Alaska. ASA advocates for responsible salmon policies that will result in long term economic opportunities and benefits for Alaska coastal communities for future generations.

ASA focuses on public education across multiple themes. The value of commercial fisheries in Cook Inlet is not well understood by Southcentral Alaskan residents. ASA contracted with an independent Anchorage firm, Northern Economics, to produce an economic report on Cook Inlet commercial fisheries. Their report was published in 2013 and provides a wealth of information about all aspects of the industry from job creation to general regional economic benefits totaling more than 350 million dollars annually. This report is available on our web site. News articles about the report’s findings were published in local and statewide newspapers. The economic information is now routinely disseminated through our many outreach efforts.

Another of ASA’s priority public education themes is the need for scientifically-based salmon management to ensure long-term sustainability of the resource. We intend to be a reliable source for accurate information about salmon science and our industry.

In the past two years we have taken our message to many groups and venues. This year ASA was a sponsor and participant in the Kenai River Festival, Mat-Su Business Alliance Industry Appreciation Day, Palmer Colony Days, Eagle River Bear Paw Festival and the Kenai Industry Appreciation Day.

ASA has also joined in partnerships with business groups in the region including the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, the Resource Development Council, the Kenai, Soldotna, Palmer and Cordova Chambers of Commerce and the Mat-Su Business Alliance. In May we presented a program to over 100 persons from business and government at the Resource Development Council meeting in Anchorage. In June ASA made a similar presentation to over 150 persons at the Joint Kenai/Soldotna Chambers of Commerce at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on the Economic Importance of the Cook Inlet Salmon Fishery.

As part of our effort to advocate for scientifically based, collaborative salmon management we have worked to develop relationships with the Alaska Board of Fish, Alaska Legislature, Kenai Peninsula Borough, Anchorage Assembly and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. ASA collaborates with the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association (CIAA) on a regular basis to promote their efforts at stream rehabilitation, pike eradication and salmon enhancement. Arni Thomson, as ASA’s representative, is on the Steering Committee of the Mat-Su Basin Salmon Habitat Partnership. Kicking off the new year, ASA has participated in the Governor’s Balls of Kenai, Anchorage and Wasilla, and it has been the featured sponsor of all the seafood at the Kenai and Wasilla Balls.

General public relations efforts have included website development, social networking via Facebook, multi-media advertising and personal networking within the Cook Inlet commercial salmon industry. We have collected photos and video of fisheries and industrial infrastructure.

It’s been a busy time and we feel that solid groundwork has been laid for us to work productively toward long-term sustainability for salmon and our industry in the Cook Inlet Basin.

For additional information contact:

Arni Thomson
Executive Director
Alaska Salmon Alliance
PO Box 586
Kenai, AK 99611-0586
907.929.0388 cell