Council asks governor for clemency for fishermen

Anchorage, Alaska (AP) August 2012

The regional tribal government in Southwest Alaska is asking the governor for clemency for group of 40 fishermen.

Myron Naneng, who is the head of the Association of Village Council Presidents, told KTUU-TV ( that the fishermen are being treated like criminals.

The fishermen were cited last month for putting their nets in the water during an emergency closure on the Kuskokwim River.  Many also had their nets confiscated by state law enforcement officers.

The closure was taken to protect king salmon, headed for their spawning grounds, in some of the lowest numbers on record.