Alaska Set Net Ban Initiative (2014)

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The Alaska Set Net Ban Initiative was not on a 2014 election ballot in Alaska as an initiated state statute. The measure sought to ban commercial shore gill nets and set nets in "non-subsistence areas."[1] Supporters of the measure were concerned about the environmental repercussions of using set nets, which are used to catch fish but are "indiscriminate" and sometimes ensnare sharks and other types of wildlife.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Alaska

Initiative supporters were required to collect at least 30,169 valid signatures by January 9, 2014, in order to put the measure before voters.

Supporters submitted their petition application on November 6, 2013.[3] Upon review by the Department of Law, the measure was found to "effectively eliminate a major user group while appealing to the self-interests of sport and personal fisheries" and was initially rejected by Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell.[1]

On January 22, 2014, the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance attempted to get the issue put on the ballot by bringing the matter to court. Supporters of the initiative argued that the people should have the right to decide what types of supplies are used when fishing. Opponents, many of whom were in the business of using set nets, were concerned about losing their jobs.[2] The attorney general ultimately rejected the initiative for a 2014 ballot.[3]

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