LAWMAKERS PROTEST KENI SETNET FISHERIES

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Two Alaska state senators have sent a letter protesting a new fishery on the Kenai River. In January the federal subsistence board voted to allow setnet/gillnet use in certain areas of the KENI River. The fishery targets red salmon, but other species will be caught in the nets also. Biologists were concerned about resident species such as dolly and rainbow trout as well as the king salmon runs. People are also concerned with the new fishery being harmful to conservation efforts in the area. The board seems to say it will have little impact on the fish in the area.

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Reference:

https://www.adn.com/article/20150211/lawmakers-send-letter-protesting-new-kenai-setnet-fishery

https://www.adn.com/article/20150125/subsistence-gillnets-alaskas-kenai-kasilof-rivers-get-go-ahead

3 thoughts on “LAWMAKERS PROTEST KENI SETNET FISHERIES”

  1. Why open up another fishery on a system that is already heavily fished and is now the second year (i believe) that it will be closed for King fishing? We need to give these systems time to heal after years of increasing pressure. I am not aware of the condition of the Sockeye stock on the Kenai, would be interested in seeing the stock assessment data from the prior years.

  2. i don’t live in Alaska just yet , but it is hard for me to read all these post and articles and wonder why there is not more attention to these things. is it because we are only seeing what is being reported? are people mad about this?

    1. People here in Alaska are very upset that the big fisheries are not restricted more than the sport fisherman for example from what I read on the Articles comment sections. Salmon are a big deal here. Lots of politics involved and lots of research being done as well.

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