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Plenty to ponder in Cook Inlet fisheries

Posted: December 5, 2012 - 8:57am

From the Nov. 27 Clarion, “Kenai River Classic Changes Months,” well maybe a hook and release derby on big king salmon where they spawn cannot be sold anymore. Maybe the commissioner would no longer authorize a derby for the once great now ghostly king salmon?

A biologist told me kings hooked and released in the river do not spawn. Tuesday afternoon Gov. Parnell announced a plan for $30 million dollars’ worth of research on all kings. Mark Ducker, a Cohoe Beach set netter, told the governor that he cannot acquire sport fish reports on king salmon for the last five years. The Cook Inlet Task Force held a meeting in Soldotna. It could take a decade to rehabilitate the king salmon runs. The task force is taking a month off, canceling the December meeting.

What I expect of the task force: public testimony, a balanced panel, a record of the meeting, and published recommendations. The first meeting was dominated by Kevin Delaney, a hired consultant for KRSA and a non-resident. The Friday Clarion editorial made some good points, the best one being the Alaska Board of Fisheries has not met here since 1999! A letter from Ricky Gease sent to the board warned that Soldotna is too dangerous for a fish board meeting. You could say that the well has been poisoned ever since.

Sport fish division should provide the timely king salmon reports. Task force recommendations should be subject to the customary public comment period. Governor Parnell should direct the fish board to deliberate in Soldotna for the Cook Inlet cycle. This would be a credible beginning. Many appreciate Governor Parnell’s visit to the Kenai Peninsula, however I still see Palin appointments on his fish board. Here is an opportunity for real change. One question remains, what will the impact of three derbies on the Kenai River silvers be? There was a lot to chew on for one week. Hopefully more information will be forthcoming. 

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pengy
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pengy 12/06/12 - 03:51 pm
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Really?

I know a fish and game biologist that said a study was done and they found that 1 in 12 released kings caught while sportfishing will survive and spawn.

potomac
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potomac 12/06/12 - 05:23 pm
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catch and release

the mortality is high, barbless hooks help some , but the play still kills most of the fish. Just look at the data on the trout catch and release up stream, some are so deformed they couldn't eat if they wanted to. Want to see the kings return, kick out all comercial guide operations for 4 years and they will return, just a joe fishermen ideas, but still a no brainer if you actual care for the river and not your pocketbook

1coldalaskan
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1coldalaskan 12/06/12 - 06:40 pm
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What does local control mean to you?

This is a seriously sad affair, when the KRSA stoops to hiring a paid consultant to represent them in a local issue. The set net fishermen try to earn a living via harvesting a sustainable resource, as proven over decades, even a century plus, and in 20 years the commercial guides have fished and brought an entire industry to a grinding halt. Those representing set netters were local, those sharing anecdotes were longtime locals, many with ideas of solutions were locals. Sad that KRSA has a hired gun from outside to be their paid puppet. Do not be fooled residents of the Kenai Peninsula, this is an issue bigger than who can fish and when they can fish, this is one more case of big money creeping in to control yet one more aspect of our lives and livelihoods.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 12/06/12 - 07:56 pm
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Can ya say COMMERCE?

As i have said many times it's all about the $MONEY$ and not the fish or the river or anything else other than the $MONEY$ FOR COMMERCE, LOCAL BUSINESS'. Money talks and also uses that power to control almost everything in every area of our lives and the lure of Tourism to catch a Monster Kenai River King salmon is the best game the local businesses have and they will fight to the death of the Kenai to keep that mighty $DOLLAR$ coming in no matter what other fishing related businesses they must step on to get-r-done. Manditory Residency for guides and make that a lottery for say 100 of them for motors and 100 for drift boats and shut down sport fishing in July all together for Kings. Or just shut down King fishing all together for a few yrs then impliment the above lottery and restrictions for residents.
Do something other than allow special interest guide groups or sport fishing groups the decission to decide as they will only recommend something to keep the $MONEY$ coming in from commerce.

pengy
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pengy 12/07/12 - 07:18 am
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Can You Say Shortsighted?

"Do something other than allow special interest guide groups or sport fishing groups the decision to decide...."

This is what gets me about the fish wars.....no user group makes their own regulations. Sport fisherman only do what the law allows them to do. Set netters only do what the law allows them to do. Drifters only do what the law allows them to do. Dipnetters only do what the law allows them to do. Instead of user groups bashing each other the attention needs to be directed to ADF&G/BOF. They are the ones that have failed us.

kenai123
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kenai123 01/06/13 - 04:02 am
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pengy

the watchman on the wall has failed us. He is so out of it that he does not understand that our king problem is not because of user groups or tourists. He must be a commercial fishermen because he appears to blame everything but commercial fishing. All this when commercial fishing is 100% to blame for the entire king problem. We have kings being killed and dumped into the ocean by the trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska which effects our Kenai River early kings. We have commercial gillnets murdering our kings off Kodiak in early June and Cook Inlet commercial gillnets killing anything that happens to escape in July and Aug. Then we have The Watchman claiming that our problems are anything but commercial fisheries... I thinks I smells a RAT! Commercial fisheries are wiping out your king salmon, not dipnetters, guides, anglers, boaters, oil rigs, whales, seals, bears, pollution or anything else, it is commercial fishing and only commercial fishing.

Watchman on the Wall
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Watchman on the Wall 01/06/13 - 10:50 am
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Who is the RAT?

40+ year union member Power lineman, AK resident for the last 36yrs + 3 as a kid. Did commercial fish Butts back in the early 80's for my self. My real idea for the loss of Kings and other things is MANKIND IN GENERAL, messing with and trying to alternate the natural with unnatural.
But what ever you say there kenai123. I will say this a little louder so you will maybe hear me this time.
SHUT DOWN THE ENTIRE FISHING OR KEEPING OF KINGS PERIOD BY EVERY ONE FOR A FEW YRS.
Personally i don't get the desire for Kings anyhow, they taste like crap and i could coung on one hand the number of kings out of the Kenai i have caught or kept. Preserve the Sockeye salmon and it had better start real soon with ALL THE ILLEGAL RAPING OF THESE FISH BEING DONE BY GREEDY ALASKANS AND OUT OF STATERS, THEIR NEXT ON THE VANISHING LIST.
BUT, It could actually be God allowing or removing all food sources for the End Times, or maybe it's the god of this present evil worlds systems also promoting the removal of all natural foods with their replacements of GMO'S for his forced allegiance to his rule of 7 yrs.
The thing is food sources every where are vanishing and the fight to survive is becoming more desperate and greed to obtain more is at an all time high and getting worse as sources get smaller every where.

kenai123
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kenai123 01/06/13 - 02:37 pm
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EU fish discard ban agreed -- for 2019

EU fish discard ban agreed -- for 2019
Environmental groups say discards waste 1.3 million tonnes of fish a year and wanted an immediate ban on the practice.
The deal for a 2014 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy notably will ban the contested practice of discarding dead fish caught by accident, however not before 2019.
Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian nations favoured forcing fishermen to bring all catches to port and deduct discards from their quotas.
http://phys.org/news/2012-06-eu-fish-discard-.html

kenai123
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kenai123 01/06/13 - 05:46 pm
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The Alaska King Salmon Task Force

I specifically ask that the king salmon task force request, that the state of Alaska request, that the North Pacific Fisheries Management Consul adopt fisheries quota regulations which require all fishermen to bring all catches to port and deduct any discards or by-catch from their quotas. This is how the EU has decided to handle the high seas waste of fisheries by-catch and discard. We should do the same.
I am making my request here because The Alaska King Salmon Task Force Website does not function at
http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/sf/UCI-TF/index.cfm?ADFG=main.home
Situation Normal...

EU fish discard ban agreed -- for 2019
Environmental groups say discards waste 1.3 million tonnes of fish a year and wanted an immediate ban on the practice.
The deal for a 2014 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy notably will ban the contested practice of discarding dead fish caught by accident, however not before 2019.
Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Scandinavian nations favoured forcing fishermen to bring all catches to port and deduct discards from their quotas.
http://phys.org/news/2012-06-eu-fish-discard-.html

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