Board of Fisheries finds lack of merit in proposal to split Kenai and East Forelands from Kasilof
A petition to separate management of the Kenai, East Forelands and Kasilof sections of the commercial setnet fishery in Cook Inlet was failed unanimously by Alaska’s seven-member Board of Fisheries.
During a Thursday hearing on the emergency petition, submitted by Paul A. Shadura II representing the South K Beach Independent Fishermen’s Association, members of the board discussed whether the proposal met the criteria of an emergency.
Under state law, the board can make an emergency finding if it determines an unforeseen or unexpected event has occurred that either threatens a fishery, or one in which a regulatory inaction would prevent harvesting a surplus of those fish.
The crux of the association’s, or SOKI, petition was that board members had not considered the potential effects to commercial fisheries when they amended the Kenai River Late-Run King Salmon Management Plan during their February meeting on the Upper Cook Inlet.
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