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More to fishery issues than natural cycles

Posted: June 25, 2013 - 2:09pm  |  Updated: June 26, 2013 - 9:03am

Our ADF&G is going to be needing lots of emergency orders for the future as they have commercially wiped-out our marine prey for juvenal king salmon. Ocean juvenal king prey has been reduced by 98 percent by commercial crab fisheries, therefore it is very likely that our kings are starving to death. Our ADF&G should know this but they do not. The ADF&G can only shout “It’s natural low abundance!” There is a low abundance of prey for our juvenal kings but it’s not natural, it’s ADF”&G caused by excess commercial fishing for herring and crab along with excess commercial by-catch on adult kings.

1950 lower 48 east coast commercial fisheries caught so many cod that they caused their cod fisheries collapse by 1970. 1930 depression era farmers plowed up the grassy prairies but caused The Great Dust Bowl. World War II era dam builders produced cheap electricity but killed most of their salmon. The lower 48 west coast timber industry cut so many trees that they eroded and silted their river thus killing most of their salmon. 1990 lower 48 west coast commercial salmon fisheries caught so many salmon that they help cause their salmon fisheries collapse by 2000. Before 1980 Florida had a massive tarpon resource but they allowed excess commercial harvest of tarpon prey like blue crab, pink shrimp and toadfish, thus causing their tarpon to collapse by 1990. Many claimed these losses were the result of “a natural cycle.” Excess commercial harvest has depleted Alaska’s herring, crab and now king salmon resources. Our ADF&G is claiming “a natural low abundance” but we are compelled to ask if this is in fact “a natural cycle” or the direct results of the same excessive commercial activities and mis-management which has plagued our past?

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spwright 06/26/13 - 05:48 pm
Kenai River Guides

6/26/13 Could the Fact that there are OVER 525 KENAI RIVER FISHING GUIDES have anything to do with this problem ? DUH !

Very Simple : Too many People & NOT enough Fish.


AK49er 06/27/13 - 04:06 pm
Over the past 30 years the

Over the past 30 years the guided sport fish industry has exploded, virtually unregulated, on the Kenai river and even the smaller rivers, as well as the offshore charter guides in Ninilchik, Anchor Point, and Homer. While the reasons for the collapse of king salmon stocks statewide is complex, there can be no deigning the enormous impacts that sport fishing guides have had on salmon and halibut in Cook Inlet over this period.
I guess my gripe here is that while commercial fisheries are managed, and non-guided sport fishermen are regulated, it seems that the sport fishing guides have been allowed to operate what is essientially a commercial industry without regulation. And I think this should change.

Alaskaborn 06/27/13 - 12:15 pm
Current Guide Numbers

In 2012, there were 301 fishing guides permited by DNR. That is the lowest number of guides since 1994 and less than the 310 fishing guides that operated in 1990. 71% of the guides are residents of Alaska.

Roger104 06/29/13 - 12:08 am
Just another thoery....

Mr Johnson,

This is about the 37th theory that you and your online alter-ego have proposed concerning the current low abundance of king salmon. The only common link to your theories is that they all blame commercial fishing and ADFG, and completely ignore the very apparent inriver issues we face. I don't know exactly why kings are scarce right now, but I do know that your reluctance to face the issues we have the most power to change (in river habitat), and your insistance that the commercial industry is 100% to blame is both foolish and irresponsible. Shame on you. You are part of the problem.

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