02/10/14 - 2:17pm
Editor's note: This article was corrected to reflect the net length allowed to Cook Inlet setnetters.
ANCHORAGE — Change is hard. The evolution of commercial setnetting in the Cook Inlet is no different.
As king salmon runs continue to decline, keeping nets out of the water and fishers off the Kenai River, the East Side Setnet Fishery has seen its time reduced, gear restricted and full-on closure in the past few years as Alaska Department of Fish and Game managers struggle to put enough fish in the river to keep the stock healthy.