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Op-ed is off base

Posted: December 30, 2013 - 5:12pm  |  Updated: December 31, 2013 - 9:19am

Kevin Delaney’s Voices of Alaska (Clarion, Dec. 23), should be called Voices of Colorado, the author’s place of residence. The article titled “Proposals Would Hurt Personal Use, Sport Fishing” is off. Personal use fishermen are unlimited. The city of Kenai is buying another tractor to clean up the mess. KRSA, where are all the early kings? The state/board of fish, systematically re-allocates a fully allocated fishery with each board of fish regulatory cycle. In an area (area H) that stretches from Seward to Susitna, the drift fleet is allowed to fish in small areas where fish are not present. Delaney/KRSA aims to demonize commercial fishermen licensed by the state to harvest all species of salmon, but misses the target. Rather than quantify expansion in the sport and personal use fisheries Delaney has chosen to lash out at the drift fleet. Kevin works for KRSA. What is his alliance with the Mat-Su about? Far away from the Kenai River. He speaks for an educational non-profit corporation with an allocation agenda. 

The drift fleet should be allowed to fish when and where fish are present. The board of fish should deliberate in Soldotna. Dip netters should be capped, not unlimited. King salmon should be protected where they spawn. 

As an educational non-profit corporation how many KRSA proposals seek a re-allocation? Delaney’s voice is biased and squeaky and far away in Colorado.  


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pengy 12/31/13 - 02:13 pm
Per the State constitution,

Per the State constitution, aren't the resources to be managed for the best use of Alaskan residents? Well, John, the dipnet fishery is 100% Alaskan residents and you want to cap it. How about capping non resident fishing guides and non resident commercial fisherman? I guess money talks(and writes letters of protest) when it cones to you and Kevin Delaney and your self interests.

kenai123 12/31/13 - 08:06 pm
I do not agree

First Delaney's article is NOT off, it is right ON. Personal use fishermen are not "unlimited" as you claim, each PU fisherman is limited by regulation just like commercial fisheries. Most PU permits allow the ADF&G to remove the fishery by removing the permit, therefore your "unlimited" claim is OFF.

John your "cleaning up the fish mess" reference is only puzzling as we do not see you addressing any other equipment purchased by the city of Kenai to build or maintain its city sewer and garbage systems. Instead of complaining in general about the cities sanitation systems you specifically break-out "tractor fish clean-up" and claim it to be "the mess". Is this suppose to mean that there is "normal and abnormal" city sanitation? If you are going to claim this please provide us with your reference material which defines this new view on sanitation?

So John why are you telling us that our board of fish is re-allocating our fisheries? That is what a board of fish does, they re-allocate fish. Would you like me to tell you that the sky is blue and the snow is white? You say that the drift fleet is allowed to fish places where there aren't any fish? Oh no! A fisherman actually went fishing and failed to catch a fish!

John you claim Delaney and the KRSA want to demonize commercial gill netters who are licensed to kill all salmon? Well you are demonizing the PU fishermen, "who are also regulated by the state" by claiming them to be "UNLIMITED" when they clearly are limited. You cry foul when someone demonizes you but you then turn around and demonize them?

John then you lashed out at Delaney because you think he's lashing out at the drift fleet? I read Delaney's article, you are incorrect, Delaney did not lash out at the drift fleet. Delaney pointed out that the drift fleet has generate a bunch of board of fish proposal action which attempts to prevent the public from accessing their own fisheries resource. Reality is that Delaney turned a spot-light on what is going on and YOU "lashed out" at him for turning it on. John your "lashing out" accusation only applies to only yourself.

John then you "lashed out" at Delaney claiming that he works for the KRSA and question his Mat-Su connections? Do you believe those connections to distant from the Kenai River to be correct? Are you claiming that only local Kenai residents should be able to address Kenai River issue? If this is the case then you believe the 300,000 or so people up in Anchorage should NOT have a say in what happens to the Kenai River. John if you are saying this you really need some serious help because it is NOT going to happen.

John then you "lash out" again at Delaney as you claim he has a "business allocation agenda" while claiming an "educational, non-profit agenda". John your entire story here screams that you are here to fix the world just because you're such a nice guy. Yet you fail to make reference to the fact that you are a commercial fisherman who also has a financial fisheries allocation agenda. Even if Delaney were doing what you are accusing him of, YOU ARE DOING THE SAME THING! What does that make you John?

John you then claim that the drift fleet should be able to fish anywhere and at anytime when fish are present. If that were to happen we could just get rid of the board of fish right along with the ADF&G because we would not need them. You and your commercial fishing buddies would just hover out there in Cook Inlet and wait until the fish come in and then pounce. So what if nothing makes it to the Mat-Su or the Kenai, right? I don't think we stand much of a chance of this kind of drift fleet management so why ask for it?

John you then claim that the board of fish should only meet in Soldotna. Since you don't attach this view to a specific issue I take it that you mean with regard to all statewide fisheries issues? Wow, now that is stretching the brain John. But as far as having board meetings in Soldotna which address only the Kenai River they already tried that a few times remember? A few local's kind of went nuts for some reason... The board later found that the proximity to the issue or problem was interfering with their "open-minded deliberations". How could you forget that one John?

John then you claim dip netters should be capped when we all know that they are, 25 reds per head of household, 10 per individual. Then you say that king salmon should only be protected when spawning. Please open your eyes John, there are already a great many places on a great many rivers where kings are specifically protected while spawning. I challenge you to show me even one king salmon protected location in the saltwater? Our ADF&G can watch these kings come and go from the freshwater but when they do not come back from the ocean, it means that there is a problem in the ocean. I find your "freshwater only focus" offense, when our fisheries science is showing plenty of kings spawning and smolting into the ocean but few returning. All this while you continue pleading to protect more freshwater while ignoring the saltwater. I find your "squeaky little voice" to be offensive with regard to your accusations of others being bias when you are the person who is actually biased. I also find your claim that "Anchorage and Delaney" should have no say in what happens on the Kenai River, to be offensive.

John you claim to not like people who say one thing and do another but you are doing the same thing. You claim PU fisheries have no limits when they obviously do. You claim city fish clean up is somehow "special and unnecessary" without any standard. You claim others are "lashing out" when in fact you are the only person "lashing out". You claim non-locals should have no say over Kenai River issues when all the locals do is fight rather than just figure it out. John you are just showing the world why locals have failed to resolve Kenai River issues for over thirty years.

John you are specializing in making 2 + 2 = 5, on all issue and at all times, while making your living within the commercial fishing industry. Is it really that hard to understand why our board of fish doesn't want a room full of this during their deliberations?

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