Kenai fishermen sue for more fishing hours

Jul 21, 2013 -- 2:00pm
- KENAI, Alaska (AP) - A coalition of commercial fishermen have sued the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over its management of the 2013 sockeye run and requested the court compel the state to allow up to 51 hours of extra fishing periods for Upper Cook Inlet setnetters. The Peninsula Clarion reports the industry group, the Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund, accuses Fish and Game of targeting setnet fishermen for closure again during the 2013 season, while allowing other user groups to fish on what is shaping up to be near record runs of sockeye on the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. The 19-page lawsuit alleges setnet fishermen lose between $20,000 and $30,000 a day when shut out. By Wednesday more than 363,000 sockeye have been counted in the Kasilof River - exceeding the river's biological escapement goal. On Tuesday more than 240,000 sockeye swam up the Kenai River, which met the lower end of its sustainable escapement goal this week, according to Fish and Game counts.

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