Advisory committee members were right: Fish board is broken

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2005

The board of fish missed a great opportunity to solve many problems. Some of us remember how KRSA Executive Director Ricky Gease convinced the board how dangerous Soldotna is and then later apologized for it. How about KRSA's attorney, Dan Coffey, brokering deals in the midnight hour? In a recent letter to board chair Art Nelson, Bob Penney explained about tides and windows and what "we all discussed and agreed to."

In a few short years, KRSA has moved from asking the board for a "reasonable harvest opportunity" to demanding a "predictable fishery." No group is entitled to this; especially the young and arrogant, who promote habitat but pander to access at any cost.

The fish board and the Department of Fish and Game leadership laid back and allowed Dan Coffey to broker deals that would eventually "divide and conquer." I cannot fault these men from resigning from the Kenai-Soldotna AC. Coffey invented a divisive committee process for seven or eight years ago to supplant the local advisory committee. Regrettably, I realize their replacements will lack the same level of experience, sincerity and devotion.

Thanks to Mr. Kramer, Mr. Tarbox and Mr. Nelson.

John McCombs, Ninilchik

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