Written by Doug Stewart
ANCHORAGE — The Cook Inlet Fisherman's Fund is appealing a court decision that upheld the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's 2013 management of Cook Inlet salmon fisheries.
The fisherman's fund, or CIFF, filed an appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court June 10, according to CIFF attorney Bruce Weyhrauch.
Next, the record in the case must be prepared, and a transcript of the proceedings provided to the court, and then CIFF can file its opening brief.
CIFF sued the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in July 2013, asserting that fisheries managers did not follow Cook Inlet salmon management plans appropriately that year and caused harm to commercial fishermen. After hearing oral argument May 29, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Andrew Guidi granted the state's motion for summary judgment on June 2. He wrote in his final decision that there was no evidence that ADFG had "exceeded its authority in executing the emergency plan promulgated by the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Specifically, the Fund has failed to articulate any concrete way in which the Department overstepped its management authority other than the claim — already rejected on motion for preliminary injunction — that the Fund's fishermen were entitled to 51 hours of extra fishing time by law."
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