Written by Jen Finn
The first meeting of the Upper Cook Inlet Task Force generated questions about allocation issues, marine mortality, historical catch rates and the overall health of salmon in the inlet.
Board of Fisheries members Tom Kluberton of Talkeetna and Vince Webster of King Salmon co-chaired the meeting that focused on defining the scope of the Upper Cook Inlet king salmon problem and looked for suggestions both from task force members and a room full of affected users.
Webster said he joined the task force because he has been "tight" on approving petitions and agenda change requests to the Board of Fisheries.
"What I think they do, they take the public out of the process," Webster said. "It became apparent that the board wanted to do something to help the setnetters this coming year and a task force was a way to allow more input from the public."
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