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Fish board emergency meeting slated

Posted: July 25, 2012 - 9:14am

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet by teleconference on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to consider a petition concerning Cook Inlet setnet closure. The petition requests that setnet fishing in the East Forelands statistical area of Cook Inlet be opened to help keep the Kenai River late-run sockeye salmon escapement within the range set by regulation.   

The board will not take public testimony during the teleconference. The Kenai Legislative Information Office, 145 Main Street Loop, Suite 217 in Kenai will be a listen-only teleconference site. The audio of the teleconference is intended to be streamed live online at http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main.  

The agenda and other meeting documents will be available prior to the meeting on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Board of Fisheries, meeting information webpage at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.meetinginfo.

For more information about the meeting, contact Monica Wellard or Kristy Tibbles at 907-465-4110.

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kenai123 07/30/12 - 08:31 am
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Set-nets? Drift-nets? and Collateral Damage.

I cannot see the set-netter prospective. The way I see set gill netting is like a bunch of drug dealing thugs spraying bullets across some sidewalk, while desperately trying to kill off a rival gang or drug dealing competition. The thugs may succeed in killing off their competition but they also try to console a parent holding their dead kid which was caught in the cross-fire; by claiming that the kid was just collateral damage. Right! What difference does it make to the parent if their kid was killed by direct intent or by some kind of consequence which resulted from using Gear For Mass Destruction? Those thugs could have used a weapon with only one shot or just used their fists but no, it was easier to just load up a machine gun and just blast the world around them. The use of set-gillnets results in the indiscriminant eco-destruction of our commonly owned natural resources. Spraying bullets all over our streets issues the same kind of indiscriminant destruction as killing EVERYTHING in our oceans. We have better ways to harvest sockeye salmon; drift gill nets kill ten time less king salmon than set-gillnet, so why do we need set gillnets at all? Set gillnets TARGET king salmon when drift gill nets are available to do the same job at ten time less the collateral damage to kings.

Many Alaskan's are wondering what can or should be done to resolve the decline in king salmon within the Cook Inlet area. If you ask the Alaska Department of Fish & Game they will point to a snowstorm of data and grafts, which in the end leaves the viewer even more confused about our commercial by-catch problems. I have been reviewing our king loss data since 2002 and have come to a single conclusion. That conclusion is that many things may need to change within our commercial fisheries but key within those changes is that statewide we must stop all commercial fisheries from profiting "in any way" when they kill non-targeted specie as by-catch. This means that commercial fisheries should be legally required to retain and process ALL BY-CATCH and then DONATE it to a charity. That means that if you "by-catch kill" a beluga whale calf; you are forced to retain, process and donate it. If you by-catch kill a king salmon: you must retain, process and donate it. By charity I mean some kind of Food Bank. This would prevent commercial fisheries from donating by-catch to their favorite "commercial fisheries non-profit".
This change alone, over time would eventually resolve most of Alaska's current by-catch problems. With this change commercial fisheries would eventually be forced to at least begin thinking about avoiding non-targeted by-catch. The king salmon by-catch issue is 100% about money; if you can make by-catch non-profitable, commercial fisheries will eventually find a way to prevent the financial drain. If we leave things the way they are we will be permanently losing many marine specie and fisheries in the very near future.
As long as commercial fisheries are allowed to profit "in any way" from by-catch, the by-catch issue will never go away and therefore all our Alaskan natural resources
and fisheries will go on suffering FOREVER. The Alaskan public must organize on this commercial fisheries by-catch issue and tightly focus on this single goal.
That goal must be to " REMOVE ALL THE PROFIT" from all commercial fisheries by-catch. The new reality in our fisheries future must be that commercial by-catch is going to cost you BIG. It really does not matter if it is a large fine or the charity donation, the Alaskan [filtered word] needs to organize and do whatever it takes to begin the process of eventually holding commercial fisheries accountable for the marine destruction it is causing within our ocean. The wholesale slaughter of non-targeted species is no longer just acceptable losses. This mean that the Alaskan public must rise up and compel the Alaska Board of Fish and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council to take action and make SUBSTANTIAL changes in the way ALL by-catch is processed by ALL of our commercial fisheries. This is a very reasonable goal for the Alaskan public to pursue in resolving this very unreasonable waste of our common Alaskan natural resource heritage.

If you are concerned about the king run, by-catch, closures, the pollock trawlers STILL FISHING and KILLING KINGS & HALIBUT sign & forward this petition to all your friends http://signon.org/sign/end-salmon-halibut-bycatch
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