Alaska judge rejects setnetters’ bid for additional fishing time in Cook Inlet – It’s all in the language

Judge Andrew Guidi ruled Thursday that when the state Board of Fisheries decided commercial fishermen “may” be entitled to an extra 51 hours of fishing time this year, that is exactly what the board meant. Setnetters had argued the board meant commercial fishermen were owed those 51 hours — worth millions of dollars in dead sockeye salmon — and charged that state fisheries managers had conspired to subvert the board’s intent. The judge firmly disagreed. [email protected]