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Anglers must pay

Posted: September 16, 2011 - 9:23am

Yes, it is time once again for sport fishermen to pay for the shortages in our Alaska fisheries. The latest plans by our federal government is to have a one halibut bag limit on Alaska’s Southcentral charter boats. “Why?” you ask (since the charter fleet was reduced by 30 percent recently). The commercial halibut user groups take about 87 percent of the harvested halibut in Alaska; whereas, the sport groups take about 13 percent of the total annual harvest. In 2010 the commercial halibut by-catch (the halibut accidentally caught and killed which cannot be sold legally) was 11 million pounds; the sport catch was 10 million pounds that year.

In past years anglers in Alaska have gotten use to “conservation regulations”:  single hook only, no Monday fishing, no bait, bag limit restrictions, closed waters, etc. Sport  fishermen really don’t mind paying for the sins of the commercial fisheries — right! A one-halibut bag limit is an excellent way to reduce crowding on the Kenai Peninsula. You have to hand it to the Obama administration for coming up with new and innovative ways to wreck the U.S. economy!

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radiokenai 10/09/11 - 05:56 am
This whole fishing thing is a scam!

I have grown so tired of all the congestion, people, permits, licenses, 4-strokes, dock fees, parking fees, stamps and all the other regulations and rules that I have recently joined the ranks that many other hundreds of people have done on the Peninsula...I don't fish anymore!

I shook my head when a survey was conducted a few years ago and they found out less and less people are purchasing fishing licenses.

Gee? How can that be? Perhaps because people like me has decided it is not worth the headache. Keep the dang things, I don't want to fish anymore! I hope you get botulism!

You jerks who charter and promote the death of the Kenai and Homer can go for it. I hope they tax the crap out of you, your boats, your 4-strokes, bait, hooks, bed tax and new regulations. It is my hope that they tax, fee and regulate you out of your tourism business!

As for limiting halibut to 1, YOU HAVE MY VOTE! I say ban halibut fishing altogether. Close the entire fishing industry down for several years will accomplish 2 things...First it will bring the numbers up and Second it will send a message to the tourist and charters that fishing is done! GO AWAY!

Until then, go bait a hook and stop whining. We sacrificed our fishing rights so you can exploit the river and seas into oblivion. Have a great time and I hope you get taxed and feed to death!

RoadClosedToKenai 10/10/11 - 10:09 am
100% to the Locals

How Bout This!
No more commercial or charter fishing for two years. The "Butt" have to be taken by Alaskans first. The people who EAT the fish and live here all year depend on it.

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