FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CONTACT: Arni Thomson, Exec. Director, (907)929-0388
Statement on Treadwell Rejection of Set Netter Ban Initiative
The Alaska Salmon Alliance is releasing the following statement regarding today’s decision from Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell to not certify the proposed Set Netter Ban. The initiative would have banned set netters across urban Alaska, including in Anchorage, Mat-Su and on the Kenai Peninsula.
We are elated by Lieutenant Governor Treadwell’s decision to not certify this job-killing measure,” said Arni Thomson, Executive Director of the Alaska Salmon Alliance. “Though it was highly unlikely to ever pass, the Set Netter Ban would have instantly destroyed the jobs of more than 500 Alaska families who set net to make a living. We are happy to see it dead on arrival.”
This initiative, which would have primarily benefited privileged, Outside sport fishing interests, would have effectively banned set netters from all of Cook Inlet. It would have been slated to appear on statewide Primary ballots in August 2016.
The Alaska Salmon Alliance (ASA) is a 501(c)6 fisheries trade organization representing seafood processors and commercial fishermen of the Kenai Peninsula. We advocate for a thoughtful, process-oriented allocation of Cook Inlet salmon for the benefit of all Alaskans.