Pending decisions may change face of Alaska fishing forever

Ken Coleman, center, setnet fishes with sons Bailey, left, and Brandon on July 23, 2015Two hearings this month could change the face of Alaska’s salmon fisheries forever. On Aug. 21, the Department of Natural Resources will hear both sides on competing claims to water rights for salmon streams at Upper Cook Inlet’s Chuitna River  or for a proposed coal mine . If the department opts for the mine, the decision would establish a state precedent, according to critics. Following the water rights hearing will be oral arguments before the Alaska Supreme Court on Aug. 26 on the proposed for Cook Inlet and five other “urban, nonsubsistence” Alaska regions. Read the rest here 08:39