Aquaculture donates fresh salmon to Food Bank

Aquaculture donates fresh salmon to Food Bank

At a time when donations are down to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and needs are high, the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Assoc. (CIAA) donated two totes of fresh caught and iced pink salmon, “The need always seems to increase during the summer and this is the first time we have received fresh caught pink salmon to provide to people in need thanks to the CIAA and the Soldotna Rotary volunteers who are fileting all the fish,” said Linda Swarner, Food Bank executive director. Lisa Ka’aihue, CIAA Special Projects Manager was also present at the processing operation last week, “These fish came from Tutka Bay lagoon hatchery where they were originally released and then returned this year,” she said. Ka’aihue was raised on the Peninsula and received much of education first hand on the waters of Cook Inlet, “My interest lies in the fact that I come from a commercial fishing family here on the Peninsula and I have a personal interest in protecting the resource for all user groups and keeping it healthy for all the users. This is not a pink year to return but fresh pink salmon are very delicious and we’re glad to have been able to make these fish available to those in need,” she explained.

Soldotna Rotary president Dr. Matt Pyhala rather than out fishing himself gathered some of his club members and armed with filet knives put in over 6 hours fileting the fish, “One of our members got a call from Linda saying there was an opportunity for a service project for us to come out and help so we put the message out and here we are cutting fish. Rotary likes projects where we can get in and get our hands dirty, doing what we can to physically be of service and not just get our pocket books out. These type of service projects I think are the most enjoyable for club members we get to have fun and fellowship as well as have a direct impact on our local community,” said Pyhala. “We’re now serving approximately 700 households a month and a few years ago it was barely 300 households a month and this year the average number of households are up another 10% who are asking for assistance because of their economic situation. These fish will go to people who are hungry and in need,” said Swarner. More information is available by calling the Food Bank at 907-262-3111 or visiting their website at

Aquaculture donates fresh salmon to Food Bank
Aquaculture donates fresh salmon to Food Bank

More in News

In this Aug. 26, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican, speaks during a ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska. The longest-serving Republican in the U.S. House is appearing in a new round of ads urging Alaskans to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ads featuring Young are being paid for by the Conquer COVID Coalition, Young spokesperson Zack Brown said by email Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)
Young urges vaccination in new ads

Young, 88, “believes the vaccines are safe, effective and can help save lives.”

A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
What you need to know about boosters

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility explained

Damage in a corner on the inside of the middle and high school building of Kachemak Selo School Nov. 12, 2019, in Kachemak Selo, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Repair costs rise as school facilities deteriorate

About $420 million worth of maintenance is needed at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District buildings.

Department of Public Safety Commissioner James Cockrell (center) presents Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid (left) with a Life-Saving Award for her efforts in rescuing a child from the Kenai River offshore of North Kenai Beach this summer, during a ceremony held by Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Oct. 13, 2021. Reid and Kenai River dipnetter Antoine Aridou (far right) rescued the 12-year-old on July 29, 2021. (Photo provided by the Office of the Governor)
Governor recognizes dipnetter, trooper for summer rescue

Wildlife Trooper Laura Reid received a Life-Saving Award and Antoine Aridou received a Governor’s Commendation.

COVID-19 (Image courtesy CDC)
State reports 3 more COVID deaths, more than 900 cases

The newly reported deaths push Alaska’s total to 594 COVID fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

In this July 1908 photograph provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, the U.S. Revenue Cutter Bear sits at anchor while on Bering Sea Patrol off Alaska. The wreckage of the storied vessel, that served in two World Wars and patrolled frigid Arctic waters for decades, has been found, the Coast Guard said Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office via AP)
Coast Guard: Wreck found in Atlantic is storied cutter Bear

The ship performed patrols in waters off Alaska for decades.

The Federal Aviation Administration released an initiative to improve flight safety in Alaska for all aviation on Oct. 14, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
FAA releases Alaska aviation safety initiatives

The recommendations, covering five areas, range from improvements in hardware to data-gathering.

Most Read