Alaska Department of Fish & Game Commercial Fisheries Management Biologist Pat Shields says there could be some uncertainty for fishermen while the council develops its plan… The United Cook Inlet Drift Association and the Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund filed a lawsuit in 2013, challenging the NPFMC’s decision to exempt the Cook Inlet from federal management. A ruling in their favor was announced by the the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The North Pacific Fishery Management Council last week began work on a Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for the Cook Inlet. The FMP became necessary after the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court ruled last September that the federal council couldn’t defer to the State of Alaska for Cook Inlet management. Shields: “And that process is going to take a year, two years, three years, it’s going to take some length of time. What it means for fishery management as of right now, no one’s really sure.” The state of Alaska is appealing the decision, but the U.S. Supreme Court hasn’t yet announced if it will take up the case.