State plans appeal of setnet court ruling

Aug 06, 2014 -- 12:30pm
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The state of Alaska is planning to appeal a recent Superior Court ruling that would permit a ballot initiative proposing a setnet fishing ban in urban areas, primarily Cook Inlet. The Alaska Journal of Commerce says the state Attorney General's office plans to presents its arguments before the Alaska Supreme Court. The appeal revolves around a July decision by Anchorage Superior Court Judge Catherine Easter that would permit the initiative, which was rejected by Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell in January. The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance filed the petition last November to ask voters whether to ban setnets in parts of the state. Treadwell's rejection of the initiative was based on a state Department of Law opinion asserting that such a ban would be a prohibited resource appropriation. 

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