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Fish and Game reminder: Personal-use permits past due

Posted: September 13, 2012 - 8:50am

Upper Cook Inlet personal-use dipnet and set-gillnet permit holders are reminded that Aug. 15 was the deadline to return 2012 Upper Cook Inlet personal-use salmon fishery permits to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. These are the permits for dipnetting at the Kenai and Kasilof rivers and for set-gillnetting at the Kasilof River. 

Personal-use fisheriy participants are required by law to return permits even if they did not fish, or even if they fished but caught nothing. Compliance is important to future management of the Upper Cook Inlet personal-use fisheries.

Permits can be mailed to the department with appropriate postage; the address is printed on the back of the permit. Permits may also be delivered to local Fish and Game offices during regular business hours.

In cases where permits have been lost or are too damaged to go through the mail, permit holders may mail a letter that includes your name, mailing address, 2012 sport fishing license number, Alaska driver’s license number and names of the household members listed on the original permit. Include an accounting of the dates and locations the permit was fished and the species and number of fish retained, including flounder. On dates where dipnetting or personal-use set-netting occurred but no fish were caught, include the dates and locations, and write “zero.” Mail the letter to: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Personal Use Salmon Permits, 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99518-1599

For more information, contact the Anchorage Sport Fish Information Center at 907-267-2218 or Kristine Dunker, Fisheries Biologist in Anchorage at 907-267-2889.

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Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 09/16/12 - 10:13 am

This is probably and HONEST OVERSIGHT by people from other states or countries that fished ILLEGALLY during this personal use fisheries for ALASKA RESIDENTS. It also could be an over sight by LEGAL RESIDENTS who are still trying to prepare for the coming winter by stocking up on other foods for the freezers to feed family and friends rather than selling the salmon at flea markets outside. Just my guess as to the reason for the delay.
All one has to do is fill it out as you catch your limit and drop it in the mail, very simple rules for participation. Maybe if these people that did not return their permits were placed on a can't fish list they would learn, or not. But i sure bet it would or could help in management of this fishery ment for LEGAL ALASKANS.

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