Lower escapement goals not healthy for kings

I have fished on the Kenai since 1987. King salmon have become increasingly scarce over the last several years. In fact, I have not fished for kings in the last 3 years .

As ocean productivity seems to be in a general statewide decline for king salmon, I think it is a mistake to lower escapement goals as a management response. Fewer spawners seem to bear fewer fish and it can be a reinforcing downward cycle. We must have adequate numbers of spawning king salmon in our rivers. This will maximize the overall size of the returns. Larger returns greatly reduce our risks for overfishing this invaluable resource.

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