Alaska Salmon Alliance, which formed in late 2011 to promote policies that protect fish and ensure long term fishing benefits at Cook Inlet, with a membership basis including Inlet fishing organizations, fishermen, and the region’s four major processors. ASA Executive Director Arni Thompson says there are very real conservation issues related to Kenai River king salmon, calling the complete fishing closures last summer to sport charters and the Inlet’s east side setnetters were devastating. Thompson said that last week’s meeting of a Board of Fish task force was very promising and could produce some solutions this year.
Thompson: “A number of us who were there really noticed there was a serious effort by all the parties to start exchanging real proposals. This task force could actually produce some interim solutions that could be tested this summer.”
Thomson said the Alliance will not, however, focus on salmon fishing disputes between Cook Inlet user groups.
Thompson: “They want to stay out of allocative issues as much as possible. The objective is public education, communication, outreach to all sectors user groups.”