Fishing group's legal battle may be over

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The state announced late last week that it plans to intervene in a lawsuit filed by a Cook Inlet commercial fishing group.

The lawsuit, by the United Cook Inlet Drift Association against U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, was filed in U.S. District Court on March 18 seeking to have the federal government take over management of Cook Inlet's salmon fisheries through regulations that would trump the state's rules.

The Department of Law filed a motion with the court to become a defendant in the case in an effort to represent its interests in managing those fisheries, according to a statement.

-- Staff report

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