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Homer News Editorial – 11/14/13

November 15th, 2013 | Posted by Alaska Salmon Alliance in Articles | Opinion | Salmon

Alaska Salmon Alliance proposes better way to solve our fish fights

Posted: November 14, 2013 – 9:09am

Battles over fish are nothing new to Alaskans. It is part of the state’s story that different user groups fight over who gets what and when. There’s one constant in those fish battles, however: Everybody wants to protect the fish.

Fish are integral to all Alaskans — they may figure prominently in your household’s livelihood or lifestyle. Even if you’ve never caught a fish, the health of Alaska’s fish runs is interwoven into the health of the state’s environment and its economy.

All that to say: Fish connect Alaskans — to each other, to the rivers and streams where many of them spawn, to the oceans where they may live most of their lives, to the wild places of this great place we call home.

Those connections are among the reasons why an effort to ban setnetting in what proponents describe as the “urban” areas of Alaska — including Cook Inlet — is so disturbing….

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