ADF&G’s authority to set subsistence bag limits is being tested in the Alaska Supreme Court. Justices this month heard oral arguments by former state Sen. Albert Kookesh and three friends cited in 2009 for overfishing their subsistence permits.
The Alaska Board of Fisheries closed some waters near Angoon to purse seining in order to improve subsistence harvests, in action over the weekend (3-1-15). They also shot down the use of unmanned aircraft to aid in salmon fishing.
Angoon Democratic Senator Albert Kookesh ends his 18-year career at the Capitol when the Legislature is sworn in this January. But the longtime Southeast Alaska politician still has plenty on his plate.