My name is Avery Kornstad. I’m 13 years old and I’m a 4th generation east side commercial setnetter that lives in Kenai year around. I’m the great-granddaughter of Joyce and Wendell Honea who founded our site in 1961. For every summer of my life I’ve looked forward to fishing for red salmon with my family. But now that we have been closed from fishing this past season, I haven’t been able to do that. All the information that I’ve received from my family is kind of confusing so I’ll keep this letter short. Anyway, I (of course) don’t think its fair that were not fishing.
But that’s not why I’m writing this letter. I’m writing this letter to give the point of view of a teenager in this situation. Here are my reasons:
No. 1 When fish and game closes us down, I miss out on earning lots of valuable money. That money would pay for my college tuition so I could maintain my goal to graduate from a good college and open up an office of optometry here in Kenai.
No. 2 If this kind of pattern of closure keeps up then my children won’t get to experience fishing in Cook Inlet like I did.
No. 3 This kind of situation not only hurts the adults, it also hurts their kids and many generations to come.