Update: The Board of Fisheries will meet at 2 p.m. Friday to consider this matter.
Togiak District gillnetters have submitted an emergency petition to the Alaska Board of Fisheries seeking an extension of the district's unique "superexclusive" status.
Togiak is the westernmost of Bristol Bay's five salmon fishing districts, and historically the least productive.
Fishing reportedly hasn't been good this year at Togiak, and the petitioning gillnetters don't want to see fishermen from other districts transferring in to compete for sockeye.
They want the district's superexclusive protection extended by nearly three weeks, to Aug. 15.
No word yet on whether the Board of Fisheries will convene a public meeting to consider the petition.
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