Upper Cook Inlet Update... Setnetters File a Lawsuit

Jul 22, 2013

The Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund is suing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over the management of the commercial fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet.

The group is asking a judge to force the ADF&G Commissioner to allow over 50 hours of extra fishing time for the setnetters in Upper Cook Inlet. In the lawsuit the Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund accuses Fish and Game of reallocating fish from the commercial fishery to other user groups. Specifically, the group believes that the setnet fishery has been targeted for closures while other users get to fish for sockeye bound for the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.

A hearing for the lawsuit has been scheduled for Tuesday at 9-am in Anchorage.