Op-ed is off base

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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