According to a release from the CIAA, he loved to be in the field and work on many different projects such as the sockeye salmon enhancement project at Hidden Lake, which continues today. After seven years in this position as a biologist, he was promoted to the Executive Director in 1997, only the third Executive Director CIAA has had in its 41 years of operation. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-CIAA-executive-director-retires-.mp3VmJennifer-on-CIAA-executive-director-retires-.mp300:00RPd Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Executive Director, Gary Fandrei has announced his retirement after a 27-year long career with the association. He will stay on as the Executive Director until the Board of Directors finishes a recruitment process to find his replacement. Brent Johnson, President CIAA: “Gary’s 27 years of dedicated service to CIAA is much appreciated. He has gained the confidence and appreciation of the community, the Board of Directors, Fish and Game personnel, and other organizations he serves, such as Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the United Fishermen of Alaska’s enhancement committee. I’m proud to have served with Gary and wish him a happy retirement.” Fandrei began his career at CIAA in 1990 as a biologist and was involved in every aspect of field projects from planning to evaluation to hiring seasonal staff and supervision. Fandrei made the announcement on January 2.