November 8, 2021

Chitina Dipnetters:

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) will meet in Cordova from
November 30 - December 6 to deliberate and vote on proposals submitted
for Prince William Sound/Upper Copper and Susitna River finfish. The
Chitina Dipnetters Association (CDA) will be represented at the meeting
by two of our board members who will be defending proposals beneficial to Chitina
Personal Use Dipnetters (PU) and opposing those detrimental to our fishery.

Several of this year's proposals deal with restricting or eliminating the
ability to dipnet salmon from a boat, targeting both the PU and subsistence
fisheries of the Upper Copper. Many dipnetters choose to use their own boats
to harvest their annual family bag limit. CDA feels that dipnetting from boats
is just another viable method of securing that bag limit. Our proposal comment
opposes restrictions to boat dipnetting in the subsistence fishery for fear
that those restrictions could later be applied to the PU fishery.

CDA will be defending a proposal we submitted, #18, which asks the BOF to
extend the lower boundary of the PU fishery 1/2 mile downstream. Not only will
this provide more shore based dipping territory, but also serve to relieve the
congestion of boats that occurs in the short stretch of Copper River across
from Haley Creek, a favored area for boat dipnetters.

I am attaching CDA's proposal comments below. The entire CDA Board of
Directors encourages individual dipnetters to send their personal comments
supporting CDA's position. Comments to the proposals are due by November
15th and can be made online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=process.comments.
Be sure to select "Prince William Sound — Comments due 11/15/2021" as the
Board Meeting for which you are commenting. This email's content will also be
posted on our website at
https://chitinadipnetters.com/BOF2021.

CDA board

Chuck Derrick, president
cderrick@chitinadipnetters.com