The Kenai City Council voted unanimously last week to voice opposition to the urban set net fishing ban proposed by the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance. The resolution comes a little more than a week after the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a similar unanimous vote to make their opposition official.
Other entities have issued public statements along this same vein, including the Kenai Peninsula Fisherman’s Association, the Kenai Area Fisherman’s Coalition, United Fishermen of Alaska and the Alaska Salmon Alliance.
The office of Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell is expected to make a decision regarding the legality of the initiative shortly after the new year. If it is deemed legal, it could potentially be on the 2016 ballot.
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