DNR commissioner rescinds moratorium on Kenai River guides

Posted: Friday, April 18, 2003

The commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources has rescinded an earlier order by the department to place a moratorium on new Kenai River sportfishing guide permits.

In a decision released Thursday, DNR Commission-er Tom Irwin announced that the moratorium cannot go forward until more study is done.

"No further administrative action will be taken to impose a cap or moratorium on the number of KRSMA (Kenai River Special Management Area) guide permits issued until the study has been completed and a proposal for any further administrative action has been made, subject to public notice and comment," the order read.

In the order, which was received by the Clarion late Thursday, Irwin said that in rescinding the moratorium, the department was taking steps to resolve litigation brought by moratorium opponents in Alaska Superior Court.

For more details on Irwin's decision, see Sunday's Peninsula Clarion.



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