The new plan would permit commercial driftnetters to fish more in the lower Inlet near Homer while restricting them in the waters off Kenai farther north. The hope is the plan will allow the driftnetters to catch just as many Kenai Peninsula sockeye salmon as in the past.
What some Alaska commercial fishing groups fail to grasp is that if setnetter Gary Hollier is right and shallower nets catch sockeyes while letting deeper-swimming kings slip past, it would be the best thing to happen to the east-side setnet fishery since the monofilament net.Craig Medred
The Alaska Board of Fisheries surprised some by voting 7-0 in favor of a scheme to shift the area of Cook Inlet targeted for commercial driftnet salmon fishing, despite the objections of some commercial fishing groups.Craig Medred
The Alaska Board of Fisheries on Wednesday voted to allow setnetters in the Cook Inlet sockeye fishery to experiment with shallower nets, which could allow a greater escapement of king salmon.Craig Medred
Appearing before the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting in Anchorage, commercial setnetter Gary Hollier said he experimented with nets of shallower depth last summer and found they caught significantly fewer of the big Kenai king salmon. Craig Medred
Miss out on this week's Thursday Night at the Fights? No worries -- the real rumble at Anchorage's Egan Center this weekend is the Alaska Board of Fisheries meeting, at which more than 200 people have signed up to testify.Craig Medred