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Fishing Industry Fights Back Against Proposed Set-net Ban

November 13th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Salmon Alliance in News | Salmon | User Groups
By | November 12, 2013 – 5:37 pm
Commercial fishing groups are pushing back against a proposed ballot initiative that would ban a sector of their industry. APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports.

Fish politics can be messy stuff. They’re complicated; they’re emotional, and there’s a lot of money involved. Now that a group with ties to the sportfishing lobby is trying to put the existence of the Cook Inlet setnet fishery to a vote, fish politics are being taken to their messy extreme.

When the initiative application was filed last week, commercial fishing groups were mostly quiet. Now, they’re issuing full-throated denunciations of the move to prohibit set-netting in urban areas. “Theatrics and political games” is how the United Fishermen of Alaska — or UFA — is describing it. The Alaska Salmon Alliance — another trade group — has called the initiative a “public relations scam” meant to pressure the Legislature into giving sport and personal-use fishermen more access to Kenai River king salmon.

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KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran contributed reporting to this story.

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