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Alaskan should learn from mistakes made elsewhere

Posted: January 21, 2014 - 9:26am

As a life-long outdoors man and fisherman in Washington State, I have seen the West Coast sport and commercial salmon industry disappear in my life time. As a child, I thrilled to the seasonal news of ‘Columbia River hogs’ and ‘Skagit River kings.’ Today, my grandchildren know nothing of the once great salmon runs of our coastal rivers.

The great salmon runs of uncountable Washington, Oregon and California coastal rivers and streams where “...you could walk across the river on the backs of king salmon” are just a memory today. So, it is with great hope that I watch Alaska manage its precious remaining sport and commercial salmon resources. I say to Alaskans: Come to Washington and walk along the banks of our empty and sterile salmon streams and then manage your salmon for salmon — not commercial fishermen or sports fishermen.

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kenai123 01/22/14 - 01:44 am
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my grandchildren?

The giant kings you refer to 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 go around wishing that it weren't so, you need to actually do SOMETHING. Our king problem is located in our ocean but many say that we do not have the ability to track these kings to discover specifically where the problem is. We have spaghetti fish tags and magnetic fish tags which could track these fish. You want these kings to be around in the future? Tag them with this technology and discover where they go in the ocean. We either tag and retrieve these Alaska kings and then track their migration routes or we will also be looking at sterile king salmon streams.

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