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Ruling on Cook Inlet temporary restraining order

Ruling on Cook Inlet temporary restraining order

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INTHESUPERIORCOURTFORTHESTATEOFALASKATHIRDJUDICIALDISTRICTATANCHORAGESTEPHENVANEK,ERIKHUEBSCH,)IANPITZMAN,andUNITEDCOOK)INLETDRIFTASSOCIATION,INC.,)andCOPPERRIVERSEAFOODS,INC,)anAlaskacorporation,)
)
Plaintiffs,)
)
v.)
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STATEOFALASKA,DEPARTMENT)OFFISHANDGAMEandALASKA)BOARDOFFISHERIES,)
)
Defendants.)CaseNo.3AN-II-9043CI
ORDERONPLAINTIFFS'MOTIONFORTEMPORARYRESTRAININGORDER
ThiscaseisbeforetheCourtonexpeditedconsiderationofplaintiffs'requestforatemporaryrestrainingordertohalttheeffectofemergencyregulationspromulgatedbytheAlaskaBoardofFisheriesandtheAlaskaDepartmentofFishandGameonJune30,2011.TheCourtgrantedexpeditedconsiderationofplaintiffs'motiononJuly8,andStateDefendantsfiledtheiroppositiontothemotiononJuly11.Theparties,includingintervenorKenaiRiverSportfishingAssociation,'appearedbeforetheCourtonJuly12,2011,fororalargumentonplaintiffs'motion.TheCourtconsidersthemotionandtheparties'argumentshere.
TheCourtgrantedKenaiRiverSportfishingAssociation'sMotiontoIntervenepriortooralargumentonJuly12.
 
1.FactualBackground
A.TheRegulationsTheregulationsatissueaffectcommercialdriftnetsalmonfishingintheUpperCookInletduringtheJuly9~31timeperiod.AssetoutintheCentralDistrictDriftGillnetFisheryManagementPlan
2,
therearesixscheduled12-hourfishingdays(MondayandThursdayeachweek")duringthisperiod.BeforetheBoardtookemergencyactiononJune30,2011,theregulationsenactedaftertheBoard'sMarch2011meetings"limitedthefishingperiodasfollows:(A)fromJuly9throughJuly15,(i)fishingduringthefirstregularfishingperiod[July
II]
isrestrictedtotheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSections;additionalfishingtimeisallowedonly
in
theExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrict;
(ii)
fishingduringthesecondregularfishingperiod[July14]isrestrictedtotheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrictandDriftGillnetArea1;
(iii)
atrunstrengthsgreaterthan2,300,000sockeyesalmontotheKenaiRiver,thecommissionermay,byemergencyorder,openoneadditional12-hourfishingperiodintheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrictandDriftGillnetArea1;(B)fromJuly16throughJuly31,(i)atrunstrengthsoflessthan2,300,000sockeyesalmontotheKenaiRiver,fishingduringoneregular12~hourfishingperiodwillberestrictedtotheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrict;
5AAC21.353.5AAC21.320(b).TheDepartmenthadthechallengingtaskofreducingtheBoard'sdecisionanddirectivesfromthe
February-Marchmeetingstoasetofregulations.
OrderonPlaintiffs'Motionfor
Temporary
RestrainingOrder
Vanek,etat.v.State,etal.,
3AN-ll-09043Cl,
July13,2011.
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(ii)
atrunstrengthsof2,300,000to4,600,000sockeyesalmontotheKenaiRiver,fishingduringoneregular12-hourfishingperiodperweekwillberestrictedtoeithertheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrictorDriftGillnetArea1,or
both;'
AttheMarch2011meetings,theBoardalsoamendedtheregulationstoincludeastatedpurpose:(a)ThepurposeofthismanagementplanistoensureadequateescapementofsalmonintotheNorthernDistrictdrainagesandtoprovidemanagementguidelinestothedepartment.ThedepartmentshallmanagethecommercialdriftgillnetfisherytominimizetheharvestofNorthernDistrictandKenaiRivercohosalmoninordertoprovidesportandguidedsportfishermenareasonableopportunitytoharvestthesesalmonstocksovertheentirerun,asmeasuredbythefrequencyofinriverrestrictions."
B.
TheBoard'sEmergencyRegulationsTheBoardmetagainonJune30,2011inresponsetoanemergencypetitionfromgroupsofsportfishermen.ThesportfishermenaskedtheBoardtocorrectcodification"errors"andissueemergencyregulations,whichtheBoarddid.TheBoard'sJune30,2011emergencyregulatorychangesimpactthreedays-onefishingdayonJuly14andtwofishingdaysbetweenJuly16andJuly31.
In
addition,theemergencyregulationslimitthediscretionoftheDepartmentofFishandGameC'Department")toopenanyadditionaldaysofcommercialfishing.Theamended"emergency"regulationsprovideasfollows:(A)fromJuly9through.Tuly15,
(i)
fishingduringthefirstregularfishingperiod[July1]]isrestrictedtotheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSections;additionalfishingtimeisallowedonlyintheExpandedKenaiandExpandedKasilofSectionsoftheUpperSubdistrict;
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5AAC21.353(a)(2).5AAC21353(a).
Orderon
Plaintiffs'
MotionforTemporaryRestrainingOrder
Vanek,etal.v.State,eial.,
3AN-I1-09043
CI,
July13,201I.Page
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