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The State of Alaska has formally appealed the Federal Subsistence Board's ruling that granted Ninilchik residents a primary right to Kenai River fish.

The Anchorage Daily News reported "In November, the board granted the Ninilchik Traditional Council's request to determine that residents of the southwestern Kenai Peninsula village have made "customary and traditional" use of Kenai River fish. That ruling gives Ninilchik a subsistence priority on parts of the watershed in federal lands, and the council has proposed a gillnet fishery for salmon on the upper Kenai."

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