The CDA Board will be submitting proposals to the Alaska Board of Fisheries for consideration at their December 2014 meeting in Cordova. Proposals for this meeting are due by 5:00 PM April 10, 2014. If you or any other member has ideas for changes to Chitina Personal Use Dipnet Regulations or changes concerning the Prince William Sound salmon fisheries, please let us hear from you.
The CDA annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 5, at 7PM in the Pioneers Hall at Pioneer Park (Alaskaland) Fairbanks. There will be mid-meeting refreshments and door prizes. We will talk about dipnet issues and a Fish & Game fisheries biologist will give the rundown on last year’s harvest and escapement numbers plus estimates for the 2014 Copper River salmon run. Annual membership dues of $20 can be paid at the meeting.
Chitina Dipnetters Association is pleased to announce the winners of our spring raffle on May 15th. Congratulations all all the winners and a big thank you for everyone for supporting the Chitina Dipnetters Association.
Hem Charters and Copper River Charters will once again be using this website to post the Chitina dipnet fishing hotline. In return, we ask that you become a member of the Chitina Dipnetters Association. Dues are only $20/year.
Fuel is no longer available in Chitina. Kenny Lake Mercantile and Glennallen are the nearest locations to Chitina where fuel is available. Plan accordingly!
After a valiant fight by the Chitina Dipnetters Association and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Fund to return the Chitina Dipnet Fishery (CDF) to subsistence classification, in early December 2012 the Alaska Supreme Court ruled that the CDF did not meet Alaska state subsistence criteria and would remain a “Personal Use Fishery” with no priority over the commercial harvest of Copper River salmon. The Justices ruled that the regulation cited by the Board of Fisheries in its 2003 decision (returning Personal Use status to the fishery) was consistent with its authorizing statutes, is reasonable and not arbitrary, does not violate the Alaska Constitution's equal access provisions and was constitutionally applied when the Board made its customary and traditional use finding for the Chitina fishery in 2003.
The Chitina Dipnetters Association is selling tickets for a raffle drawing on May 15. Grand prize is a drop-off fishing charter for two, a $220 value with Mark Hem and Copper River Charters. Other prizes include a night's stay at Chitina House Bed and Breakfast, a Vac-Master vacuum sealer from Sportsmans Warehouse, a Jet-Boil stove and a salmon artistically rendered in sheet metal from, somewhat ironically, Expressions in Glass. Tickets can be purchased from CDA board members or through our Contact Us link.