Court Hears Arguments On Contested Chitina Dipnet Fishery

The Alaska Supreme Court heard arguments in Fairbanks on Monday in a case involving the contested status of the Chitina dipnet fishery. The Copper River salmon fishery, popular with urban Alaskans, is currently classified as personal use, and when fish run short, dipnetting is a lower priority than subsistence and commercial harvests.  As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports the case, which revolves around the definition of subsistence, has repercussions beyond the Copper River.

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