Sealaska Signals Support for Sitka Tribe Lawsuit

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The tribe filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court citing the state for mismanagement of the herring fishery.

    Sealaska has announced that it is supporting the Sitka Tribe of Alaska taking legal action against the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in response to its recently published 2019 herring harvest guidelines.

    The tribe has filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court citing the state for mismanagement of the fishery. The lawsuit seeks to protect the sustainability of herring for future subsistence and traditional gathering.

    Sealaska is contributing $40,000 toward the tribe’s legal efforts as it continues to advocate for better management of the fishery that will benefit both commercial and subsistence harvesters.

    Sealaska CEO Anthony Mallott said, “Sealaska remains a strong advocate for protection of traditional harvesting rights and improving fisheries management, especially in the face of changing ocean conditions that leave these species open to greater risk."

     

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