We provide and protect the salmon resource of the Cook Inlet and Kenai Peninsula

So there will be enough for all

Sockeye salmon fishing at Resurrection Bay. Choiz M. Sagliba

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Kenai students spend a day job shadowing at CIAA

Kenai students spend a day job shadowing at CIAA

From Left: Emily, Grace, Fox, Luis, and Destin ready for their job shadow experience at CIAA. KCHS For 25 years the Kenai Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Kenai Central High School to offer a job shadow day for students. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association staff...

CIAA honors women in Alaska science and aquaculture

CIAA honors women in Alaska science and aquaculture

In 2015, the United Nations declared February 11 an International Day for Women in Science. Around the world, the UN and UNESCO work with national governments, non-governmental organizations, private corporations, and universities. Together, they celebrate the...

Grant funding is instrumental for habitat work

Grant funding is instrumental for habitat work

Five feet of invasive northern pike harvested from Chelatna Lake in 2016. Emily Heale/CIAA While CIAA's hatchery programs are flagship programs that provide salmon for all area user groups, CIAA's work outside of fish rearing and egg takes also make a difference....

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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.


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


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 Kachemak
  • City of Seward
  • Port Graham/Nanwalek
  • Representatives of  inlet-wide commercial fishermen and processors