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Finger-pointing not helping kings

Posted: January 17, 2014 - 9:32am

This endless blaming of one user group against the other has to stop or the kings are going to become extinct. Put the guides and all power boats in salt water where they belong. Quit fishing on the spawning grounds. I have been involved in both commercial and sport fishing for 43 years and it has never made sense to me to fish for king salmon on their spawning beds. If you can’t stop fishing on the spawing beds then go to drift only, and you would stop not only habitat destruction but the noise pollution and exhaust pollution. Start every run as catch and release, no bait, single hook, no barbs, until the maximum escapement goal has been met.

On the commercial side I would like to see a 1/2 mile no fishing (including sport) zone from the beach seaward from Anchor Point to the Forelands until the maximum escapement goal is met. Make the outer limit 2 miles instead of the 1 1/2 for the displaced setnetters to move their fishing gear.

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pengy 01/17/14 - 03:03 pm
If we are in a time of low

If we are in a time of low abundance why does it matter where you kill a king? A dead fish is a dead fish whether it's in the salt or freshwater. Both need to be shut down.

kenai123 01/20/14 - 01:29 am
stop the endless blaming?

You claim up front that you wish to "stop the endless blaming between user groups" and then in the next breath you blame freshwater user groups for our king problem? You may have been involved within commercial and sport fishing but you appear to have learn little.

Regarding your blaming freshwater users; take a look at what High Seas Salmon Research has determined.
(1.) "Status and Trends of Juvenile Salmon in Ocean Ecosystems. In at least some species of anadromous stocks (e.g. pink and chum salmon), variation in adult returns may depend more on marine survival than on reproductive efficiency during the freshwater period."
What good would spawning beds and drift boats do for kings who were either killed by starving to death or commercial by-catch in the ocean? Also what good is magnificent river habitat when the ocean habitat has been destroyed? Do you care that Asia is saturating Alaska and its waters by pumping tons of mercury, lead, carbon dioxide and nuclear waste into the air and ocean who's next stop is Alaska?

We have dozens of biologist claiming that our king problems are in the ocean and you defy them all by suggesting that out of our 12,000 rivers, the Kenai River ALONE needs to stop user group access and that will fix our statewide king problems? You have got to be kidding?

You want to address our kings problems? Ignore anyone like yourself who claims they can fix our king problems with fresh water user restrictions. Ignore anyone who believe shoving our gill nets from here to there is going to address our Kenai River king problems. You could snap you fingers and make all Cook Inlet users groups vanish and we would still have a statewide king problem! Are you beginning to understand the scope of the king problem Jim? It is not about shoving Cook Inlet nets or anglers around. It is about rebuilding our once great herring and crab resources. It is about stopping pollock trawlers from dragging our ocean to death, while trashing our king salmon. You want people to stop blaming each other and then you go and blame just about everyone in and around Cook Inlet? There is nothing wrong with blaming a user group but you need to actually get your facts and history straight BEFORE you begin the blaming.

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