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Organization should be reprimanded for behavior

Posted: April 15, 2013 - 8:44am

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association’s behavior of late is entirely worthy of a “time out” given to an immature child acting inappropriately. KRSA unethically tapped into a private United Fisherman of Alaska (UFA) teleconference with the intent of furthering their unique form of sleazy politics. KRSA then shared the ill-gotten teleconference info with others with the intent to disparage and worse. KRSA viciously spun and twisted facts and then used them to assault and discredit Vince Webster as he was considered for confirmation by the Legislature for a seat on the Board of Fisheries. KRSA’s unethical behavior reflect on just what the true nature of the intended contribution to our community KRSA would have.

It would be this writer’s suggestion that KRSA be afforded a lengthy time out until such time that they have demonstrated consistent and documentable behavior playing by the rules that those of us with a moral and ethical compass would consider standard operating procedure. Included in this “time out” should an unwillingness of news media (Clarion included) to use KRSA, its executive director of self-ascribed importance, or any of its board, as a credible source for anything save the time of low-water on the tide. Certainly KRSA and company have demonstrated a command of what is low, low, low.

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KRSA 04/15/13 - 12:52 pm
Fish blog - king debacle, non-confirmation of Webster

KRSA's comment on its fish blog talks about the Kenai king debacle and the non-confirmation of Webster.

MtnMan 04/16/13 - 09:47 am
More crying from a commercial fisherman

Good Lord get over it. Move on. Shocking. Mr. Sullivan is just another commercial fisherman who would rather cry about the KRSA and blame the KRSA for everything that doesn't go his way. Funny how I see there were other PU user groups who were in support of ousting Webster, too, and I don't know - half the legislature. But somehow it's always wholly the fault of the KRSA. Had Webster been confirmed, then the ComFish peeps would've been gloating and writing about how the KRSA has no power anymore, hah, hah, hah. Do you ever just shut up and fish? This is what happens when you mix politics and fishing. You win some, you lose some. Grow up and stop acting like your teen-age kid. And maybe check your alliances within your own UFA board before thinking you even have a clue what's going on with the whole eavesdropping thing.
Is it fishing season yet?

seariver 04/16/13 - 12:55 pm
No crying here MtnMan

MtnMan, you bet, throw a bunch of suppositions & superlatives out there to distract. MtnMn ? Ya, I'll bet.
Were Webster to of been confirmed I would of gloated not one breath. More so I would of viewed it as the system working (although w/many creaks & groans) with the BoF once again weighted in favor of KRSA & Mat-Su agendas with a token commercial salmon fisherman from Bristol Bay on the board.
There is no crying here, no blaming KRSA for "everything", no claims of anybody being "always wholly" at fault. I do understand your need to utilize sensationalism in your writing (w/o you have no defendable rebuttal) but it really falls short of absolving KRSA of unethical behavior, lies & high handed Juneau lobbying that raised words of concern from at least a few legislators.
Two more points MtnMan, I have no teen age kid, but I assure you that were I to have, such a young woman or man would be be in possession of a sense a right & wrong, and ethics, and that no commenting in this media would be remotely needed regarding their behavior. Finally, from your comments re. the UFA eves dropping, it sounds like maybe you think you are in the know. Do kindly explain to those of us using a simple right & wrong test how KRSA justifies their tapping into that phone call. Got any whitewash left in that KRSA bucket?

Seafarer 04/24/13 - 10:50 am
KRSA Will Stop At Nothing... control everything going on with the Kenai River. In their evil minds, they own the river and to he!! with any other users.

Commercial Fishermen have every right to harvest Cook Inlet fish. They are so hated here that I would almost fish with a gun on my hip. Not for bears, but for KRSA thugs and the rabid riverheads who blame Commercial Fishing for EVERYTHING!!!!

You riverheads ever think that maybe there are too many guides on your precious river? How about Combat Fishing? How does a fish stand a chance with elbow to elbow "sport" fishing? The river is tired! She's exhausted from overfishing by sport fishermen. In the Summer, there is a hook every inch of the Kenai. Every inch! And you riverheads call Commercial Fishermen bad guys? Look to your own....but check with the KRSA first or you might be in trouble.

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