From last Friday's Peninsula Clarion "An Outdoor View," the flames are fanned again by Mr. Palmer.
In the analogous dialogue about dippers vs. commercial fishermen, he opines that the commercial fishermen will come out on top at the board of fish meeting. In reality we have seen the fishery re-allocated incrementally at every board meeting since the original 1978 Cook Inlet Management Plan. The dipnet fishery is unlimited, expanding, and remained opened when escapements lagged. What was omitted from the piece; commercial fishermen are fishing for food also, fishing for millions of consumers that cannot catch their own fish.
The group with the largest bank account is Kenai River Sportfishing Assoc., a non-profit with millions in the bank and many re-allocation proposals. Do not forget about them, Les. Oh, and next time please speak out about only 10 king salmon returning to Slikok Creek to spawn, or Fed Ex shipping shipping out thousands of pounds of sport caught fish daily in July. Let's all talk about the board not meeting here or that 93 percent of dippers live in Anchorage and the Mat-Su.
John McCombs, Ninilchik
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