JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell has rejected a proposed initiative that sought to ban shore gill nets and set nets in non-subsistence areas.
Supporters of the proposal billed it as a conservation effort. But critics, like the Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, called it a fish grab by opposing interests.
The Department of Law, in its review, said the proposal, while written to apply statewide, is instead targeted toward the set net commercial salmon fishery in Cook Inlet.
The review found the proposal would “effectively eliminate a major user group while appealing to the self-interests of sport and personal fisheries.” The review also found that it would affect the ability of the Board of Fisheries and the Legislature to make allocation decisions among competing users.
Treadwell’s rejection can be appealed.
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