Does AFCA support commercial fishing?
AFCA supports commercial fishing and the jobs and economic value the industry brings to Alaska. The majority of the businesses in the commercial fishing industry are vigilant in assuring fish stocks will continue in perpetuity. They are careful to maintain the long-term benefit of the commercial fishing industry. However, the fact of the matter is urban, non-subsistence set nets simply do not fit the mold of these other industries, and are doing far more harm than they are good. AFCA wants to see commercial fishing grow — we just want to ban one gear type.
Do set nets impact species other than salmon?
The nets also catch sharks, birds, ducks and flounder (and a lot of king salmon). Set nets are indiscriminate killers that catch everything swimming by. Set nets have the highest rate of bycatch of any commercial fishery allowed in our state's water.
Have any other states banned or restricted the use of set nets?
Over the last 25 years, many states have taken measures against commercial set nets after their fish stocks declined to dangerous levels. Texas, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, New York and California have voted to ban commercial set nets, while Oregon and Washington have severely restricted their use. Fishing is a fundamental part of the Alaskan lifestyle, but continuing to use set nets is an irresponsible harvesting method.