The Chitina Dipnetters Assoc. Board of Directors has been diligently working with Interior Delegation Legislators to appropriate money to repair damage caused by the southcentral Alaska flooding in Oct. 2006. We have requested a replacement bridge at O’Brien Creek, of similar size to handle 4WD trucks and suvs, and an opening up of the landslides that block access to the fishery. Below is a copy of a letter, that has been sent to Gov. Palins’ office and legislators of the Interior, stating CDAs’ position on road access to the dipnet fishery. At this time it is imperative that individual dipnetters contact the governors office and their legislators to request/demand that acccess to the Chitina Personal Use Dipnet Fishery be re-opened before it is lost altogether. For dipnetters from southcentral Alaska, the CDA Board will immediately start a campaign to educate your legislators on this issue so they have some pre-knowledge upon receiving your letters/faxes/emails. Be sure you send a message to Governor Palin.
To help get your point across we have included below info on numbers of dipnet permits issued by communities, pertinent topics that you can use in your message, a list of State Senators and Representatives with phone and fax numbers as well as a template for an email address to a Senator or Representative.
There were approx. 9,000 Chitina dipnet permits issued in 2006 and if a good percentage of those dipnetters join in this campaign, we have a good chance of seeing our historic access to this fishery restored.