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Kenai River Classic changes dates and fishery

Posted: November 26, 2012 - 10:52pm

For the first time in its 20-year history, the Kenai River Classic will target silver salmon instead of king salmon.

After two years of catch-and-release chinook salmon fishing, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association changed the annual three-day fishing invitational from July to August in an effort to ease fishing pressure on struggling chinook stocks said Ricky Gease, executive director of KRSA.

The 2013 Classic will be held Aug. 19-21.

Gease said participants and sponsors were consulted to make sure an August event would fit in with their schedules.

“Overwhelming our participants and sponsors said yes,” Gease said. “So we decided to make that move for the 20th anniversary.”

Gease said KRSA needed predictability in the fishery to hold the event which usually draws from 60-100 participants, Gease said.

Participants pay $4,000 per person for two days of fishing and two nights of lodging and several other amenities. The remainder of the fee is donated to KRSA.

The event has raised more than $12 million in the last 15 years, according to a KRSA media release.

He said uncertainty in the chinook fishery may prolong the Kenai River Classic’s transition to an August fishery.

“At some point, if we get a return to healthy king salmon returns then the Board of Directors will have to make the decision to return to July,” he said.

The money that is raised goes toward fulfilling the goal of KRSA, which is to try to sustain the Kenai River, Gease said.

“Three years ago we started seeing some downturns in king salmon abundance, we moved to catch-and-release fishing and going forward with the uncertainty in the river, this will take us out of the equation in terms of king salmon management in May, June and July and we’ll just do the event in August and then see where things shake out in the following years,” he said.

KRSA also announced the dates for several other events including:

■ Kenai River Jr. Classic on Aug. 13;

■ Kenai River Women’s Classic Sept. 12-14;

■ Ted Stevens Day Concert in the Park July 27.

Rashah McChesney can be reached at rashah.mcchesney@peninsulaclarion.com.

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Suss
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Suss 11/27/12 - 10:04 am
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River Stewardship

The lack of Kings is not the only problem with KRSA. The untimely death of Uncle Ted has hurt KRSA's ability to draw the big corporate money they had been so accustomed to. Please look into your own member's hearts and ask whether they are a true protector of the resource, or an economic engine driving their need and greed.

Carver
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Carver 11/27/12 - 10:30 am
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$12 million for what?

"The event has raised more than $12 million in the last 15 years, according to a KRSA media release."
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Does anyone know where those 12 million dollars have gone and for what purpose? Has KRSA ever supplied the public with an accounting of how they have used those funds? As a non-profit, aren't they required to do so?

robert white
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robert white 11/27/12 - 03:29 pm
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kenai classic

Writing is on the wall all you set netters... no kings no set netting...

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 11/27/12 - 08:55 pm
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I don't get it either

I have never understood the purpose of this organization either than it appears to provide free money to employ people for who knows why or for what reason.
Thats the thing about programs like this that actually don't really do anything other than public relations possibly and provide a means for the politicians and River guides to rub elbows and spend more money, money that we provide them one way or another to keep doing nothing for any plausable good to any other than workers and supporters.
Still wondering just what this group actually does and why?

radiokenai
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radiokenai 11/28/12 - 08:03 am
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Oh What a Great Idea!!!! What a idiot!!
Unpublished

Since your little Kenai King Raffle has assisted decimating the Kenai River Kings for profit...what is next on your agenda?

Why moving in to kill off the already depleted Silver Salmon run...of course!!!

You guys are freaking amazing! GIVE ME A BREAK! After you promote Silvers into the brink of extinction, what is next?

Humpy Tournament?

WOW...not impressed one bit...HOW ABOUT SHUTTING DOWN YOUR LITTLE RAFFLE FOR AND EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME AND GIVE THE FISH A CHANCE TO RECOVER!!! YOUR 20th ANNIVERSARY SHOULD BE THE CLOSURE OF YOUR KENAI RIVER CLASSIC....!!!!

I like how you said "This will take us out of the King Fishing Equation..." Ya, good move, that will take you out of the King Equation and add another denominator in the already depleted SILVER FISHERY! (you guys MUST be Liberal Democrats!)

The wild card, is that your little profit scheme is going to come to a cease fire as the recession and cost of your little fishing pyramid scheme (what was it....4k per person for a couple of silvers?) will take its toll!

PS: Have you heard of the Seward Silver Salmon Derby? I hope people go there and stop you idiots right in your tracks! Please be sure to let me know how your little Fishing Events turn out ok? How does it make you feel to promote a river into extinction? How proud you must feel!

Never ceases to amaze me...no wonder our rivers are empty!

KRSA
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KRSA 11/28/12 - 04:08 pm
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More information on KRSA

Thanks so much for your interest regarding more information on Kenai River Sportfishing Association, one of Alaska's leading fishery conservation organizations.

Formed in 1984, KRSA is a 501 c 3 non-profit, membership-based educational and conservation organization of sport anglers, conservationists and others whose primary goal is to ensure the sustainability of the Kenai River as one of the world's great sportfishing rivers, through programs in habitat conservation, angler access, fisheries management, research and education.

Please visit our website our website at www.krsa.com to learn more about the mission and programs of the organization, follow us on Facebook or stop by our office at 224 Kenai Avenue, Suite 102, Soldotna, in the Superstructures Building.

pengy
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pengy 11/29/12 - 07:18 am
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KRSA

Name one other organization that has done more for Kenai River habitat than this group? From bank restorationprojects to boardwalks/platforms who else has done this?

Lifer
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Lifer 11/29/12 - 07:31 pm
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Bad for the Kenai

I've got a better question: Name one other organization that has been as divisive to the people of the Kenai or as self-serving as KRSA? This organization ruthlessly lobbies for its own selfish needs at the expense of all other salmon resource users.

Seafarer
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Seafarer 12/01/12 - 02:09 pm
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Money For Nothing and The Drinks Are Free

If the KRSA is so magnanimous, please show a detailed accounting of your "good works". How much of all this money goes right into the Board of Directors hip waders? My, my. That much?

And, you Kings of The Kenai River Industry, we are so happy to turn a PUBLIC RESOURCE over to your PRIVATE INDUSTRY a couple times a year. After all, we get SO much from you benefactors of ALL THAT IS THE KENAI.

Roger104
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Roger104 12/02/12 - 10:12 am
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Kenai River Penny Loafer's Association

KRSA represents the penny loafer crowd who likes to fly up, put on their G-Loomis hats and fish our river for a weekend or two in the summer, and by association the short-sighted members of the guiding industry who profit from these ventures. Their primary goal is to turn this area into a high-roller's sportfishing mecca. Of course, to accomplish this goal they believe that they must first eliminate all commercial industry from our inlet. And, of course, get all you local residents out of the way.

Make no mistake Alaskans, no matter what fishery user group you participate in, KRSA does not have your best interest in mind. The long term health of our resource or our economy is not their primary goal.

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