Catch and release regulation needs to be let go

Posted: Tuesday, January 17, 2006

If we the people are to have any effect on regulations governing the use of our local fish resources it’s time to stand up. The local Kenai advisory board has been concerned with river bank erosion and the fisherman’s impact on this delicate habitat. The one thing that must be considered is the people are going to get their fish! The Kenai River Red run is a terminal fishery, in that all these fish not caught are going to spawn and die. The longer it takes a fisherman to catch their limit the longer they will be standing there.

The number of fish that die and don’t spawn after being hooked and released must be considered as catch and should be deducted from the escapement figures. These fish or a high percentage of them go unharvested yet don’t make it to the spawning grounds. The time on the bank catching them is wasted. There should be no hook and release — wherever hooked the fish landed must be kept. This is the only solution to reduce bank exposure and meet the people’s needs. Or are the revenues from snagging fines that important to our budget? Get your limit and leave.

Dennis Barnard


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