Report: Kenai had busiest dipnetting season ever

The Kenai City Council has held its first work session to discuss a report on the 2012 dipnetting season.

Concerned residents took the opportunity to voice their concerns about the personal use fishery.

The Peninsula Clarion says many residents told the council on Monday that Kenai has turned into a party spot for dipnetters. Megan Every said it is time for the city to put some limits on dipnetting.

The report says that the Kenai Peninsula experienced its busiest dipnet season to date in 2012. Revenues exceeded the previous year’s revenues by 19.7 percent. The increase was attributed to a $5 camping fee increase and a larger number of participants.

The report also says expenditures totaled $482,070. That means the city ended up losing more than $8,900.