Salmon management suit moved to Alaska


The lawsuit over salmon management was recently moved to Alaska district court.

Judge Reggie B. Walton granted the request to move the lawsuit to U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska May 3.

The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, and other defendants in that suit had asked for the location change in February.

The United Cook Inlet Drift Association, or UCIDA, filed suit in January over the National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, action that formally acknowledged that the state of Alaska is responsible for salmon management.

The state has overseen salmon fisheries since before statehood, but NMFS confirmed that practice by formally removing certain areas from the federal Fishery Management Plans. The state is also a party to the suit, intervening on behalf of the federal side.

UCIDA, who was joined by Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund in bringing the lawsuit forward, filed a memorandum opposing the move.

UCIDA’s complaint questions the state’s management, and their opposition includes that issue.

Observer timeline set

In the other lawsuit regarding fisheries management in Alaska, Judge H. Russel Holland approved a new timeline for the other lawsuit over the National Marine Fisheries Service’s observer program.

In that suit, extra record evidence is due May 16, opposition to that evidence is due July 16, with further responses due August 16.

That lawsuit was brought forward by The Boat Company, a Southeast Alaska ecotourism nonprofit, and is over the marine observer program instituted in January by NMFS.

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