The Cook Inlet fish wars are back in full force, with sport fishermen angling to eliminate commercial setnetters.
The newly formed Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance, or AFCA, submitted a ballot initiative petition Nov. 6 that would ask voters to ban setnetting in Cook Inlet.
The AFCA said the action is meant to preserve king salmon, which the organization says are in decline, and would prohibit setnets in statewide nonsubsistence areas.
Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Valdez, Ketchikan and much of the Matanuska-Susitna and Kenai Peninsula boroughs are defined as nonsubsistence areas in Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations.
Setnetting in subsistence areas, including Kodiak, could continue. But if that area was no longer considered a subsistence area, as was discussed this fall, setnetting would go by the wayside.
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