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Court hears oral arguments on whether or not banning setnets considered an appropriation

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance and the State of Alaska each made their case to an Anchorage Superior Court judge today about why - or why not - a proposed ballot initiative to ban setnetters should be allowed to move forward.
New fisheries advocacy group plots strategy

Resources for All Alaskans, a group formed to combat an proposed initiative to ban commercial setnet fishing in certain parts of the state, met in Kenai to talk strategy with several local fishing groups after being dealt a blow when an Alaska Superior Court judge ruled that it could not intervene in a lawsuit over the initiative.
Senate committee hears second day of testimony from Cook Inlet fishers

Testimony continued Wednesday before the Senate Resources committee as representatives from several Upper Cook Inlet and statewide fishing-related organizations testified on perspectives and issues involved in areas fisheries. Committee chair, Sen.
New group defends Treadwell in setnet ban initiative case

ANCHORAGE - A new commercial fisheries group filed an amicus brief Thursday in the lawsuit regarding the initiative to ban Cook Inlet setnetters.
Management challenge: 'fish wars' escalate as king productivity ebbs

Editor's note: This is the seventh in the Morris Communications series, "The case for conserving the Kenai king salmon." Previous stories may be found at
News | Conserving the Kenai King
Sport group targets set netters

The group has changed names, expanded its mission and has members associated with another controversial sportfishing association but the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance has not deviated from its original goal ­­- to shut down setnetting in the Cook Inlet. The group filed a ballot initiative application Wednesday that seeks to ban setnetting in what it defines as "urban" parts of the state including the entire Cook Inlet, Valdez, Fairbanks, Juneau and Ketchikan.
Group behind setnet ban initiative files appeal

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance will appeal the state's decision to reject its proposed ballot initiative that would ban setnetters in Cook Inlet.
Kenai Council joins list of organizations opposing potential setnet ban

...Area Fisherman's Coalition, Kenai Peninsula Fisherman's Association, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Salmon Alliance have all voiced opposition to the proposed initiative through media releases...
Proposed setnet ban draws fire

...definition of a shore gillnet in Alaska state statute or regulation," said Julianne Curry, executive director of United Fishermen of Alaska, a group that represents about 40 commercial fishing groups statewide. "There's no mention of salmon. It...
Board of Fish's Brown resigns

...names to replace Brown, and fishing organizations have said they are working on finding likely candidates.United Fishermen of Alaska's new Executive Director Julianne Curry said that organization is waiting to hear back about the governor's...


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