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Trophy kings support tourism industry

Posted: January 17, 2014 - 9:34am

I moved to Alaska in May 1981 and I went fishing on the Kenai/Russian River several times that first summer. Fishing for reds has always been a great way to share the outdoors with friends. I started fishing for kings a couple of years later. After a couple of years fishing out of a friend’s boat, I was convinced that I should buy my own boat. Soon after that, I purchased a 27-foot trailer and I had my own camp on the river.

Before I retired in 2007, I purchased land and I built a house close to the river. Over the years, I estimate that I have spent a small fortune entertaining friends and fishing for kings. I have had several friends make an annual pilgrimage to the Kenai to fish with me. We have all noticed the size of the kings caught was getting smaller over the last ten years. This is our chance to change our ways and preserve this great run of big fish. The tourist dollars spent on hotels, meals, guide trips, etc. will all be lost if this fish is allowed to become extinct.

I am concerned that our children and grandchildren will not have the opportunity to catch a fish over 50 pounds. Sportsmen from the world over will not be coming to Alaska for trophy fish if they can catch bigger fish elsewhere. Fishermen spend big dollars here and they will continue to come to Alaska after the oil is gone ... if we have the fish they want.

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kenai123 01/20/14 - 12:04 am
Actually doing something.

These giant kings did not just magically appear in the Kenai River and they will not just magically remain around for anyone's children or grandchildren to fish for. You cannot just wish that it isn't so, our kings are in trouble and we need to actually do SOMETHING.

Our biologists claim that our king problem is located in our ocean but we do not have the ability to track these kings to discover the problem. I did an internet search and located a company which has developed archival fish tagging technology which may be used within a juvenal king tagging program to study these migration routes. The business name is Star Oddi and is based in Gardabaer, Iceland. This company has developed archival fish tag technology which uses the earth's magnetic field, internal navigation along with longitude and latitude to plot and locate fish migration routes worldwide. I have listed below some of the magnetic archival fish tagging technology information and internet links. You want these kings to be around in the future? Tag them with this technology and discover where they go in the ocean.

The DST magnetic is a small data logger / archival tag that measures and records earth's magnetic field strength (in three directions), tilt (in three directions), acceleration, temperature and depth. From the magnetic field strength measurements a relative magnetic field vector is calculated, which can be put into models to find longitude and latitude of the tagged fish. It is also a useful tool for recording compass directions. DST magnetic is also used in studies of various gear and equipment. Measurements are stored in the logger‘s internal memory with a real time clock reference for each measurement. The advantage of the DST magnetic is that it has the third vector for magnetic field strength (3-D magnetic). DST magnetic has full compass heading tilt correction so accuracy is maintained when tilting away from its horizontal position.

When used on fish the tag can either be implanted or attached externally, for studying their habitat movements and migration routes. For external tagging Star-Oddi can provide a specially designed DST fastener kit.

Key features;

Earth's magnetic field strength data displayed in addition to compass heading, tilt (3-D axis), acceleration, depth and temperature Used for geolocation analysis of fish and for monitoring movements of buoys and underwater gear
Available with an adjustable housing that keeps the logger in a fixed position inside and allows for more flexible mounting options as well as protecting the logger
Available with a tag holder kit when used in fish tagging projects Available with various pressure ranges up to 3000 m
Star Oddi is using DST magnetic and data logger sensors for industry research & monitoring. They appear to have an archival fish tag which can record the earth's magnetic field strength data from a tag and then correlate it with our already charted earth magnetic field strength data thus giving a general location tracking history.

Geolocate Fish --
Scientific Papers -

Star-Oddi, Skeidaras 12, 210 Gardabaer, Iceland, Tel: +354 5336060,

Raoulduke 01/20/14 - 04:22 am

Yes/! Something must be done,and it is.Finger pointing to the tune of Alaska Politics.The Kenai King WAS.Long live the King.This is not an overnight happening.The decline started decades ago,and still our scientists have found no viable solution,or could not get the state paid biologists to agree on the cause.Alaska politics is like watching a comical game show.Where the observers (The Alaskan citizen) NEVER wins.The Kenai King fishery has taken,and already is on it's final breath.EVERYONE is to blame,including ME.

kenai123 01/21/14 - 01:57 pm
finger pointing?

To solve our Kenai King problem we first need to know their ocean migration routes. Because we lack this information we do not even know the correct questions to ask. How can you solve a problem if you do not even know the right questions to ask?

Rather than "finger point" to politic, biologists, citizens or yourself, why not march down to your local ADF&G office and request that they reveal to you what they are doing to discover our Kenai Kings ocean migration routes? I have asked and they have no plan to discover these routes. We need to either spaghetti tag some of our Kenai King smolt or use the above archival fish tag technology on some of our juvenile kings out in the ocean. We need the migration routes and timing, then we can start asking questions regarding those issues. Without that information we would be spending money to take shots in the dark.

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