Dipnetting an opportunity for residents to take salmon

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Thursday, February 22, 2007

I have just finished reading the article about proposed limits for dipnetting. I am so steamed at this point I hope that my message will be clear to Mr. Vanek of Ninilchik. I have lived in Alaska since 1980, I watched the mess on the river every season grow bigger and bigger each year, with more and more boats that at this point, from what I understand, are polluting the river with the discharge from their engines and also doing damage to the river bank. I really would like to know how many of those boats belong to residents of Alaska, or the peninsula for that matter? If we are going to keep the people who live here from dipnetting so they can have food through the winter then I believe that we should limit the numbers of non-Alaska residents guiding on the river. This also brings another question to my mind: How many of the commercial fisherman out there are nonresidents? Maybe they need to be restricted also. After all, we need to be fair now, don’t we? I really need to make you straight about something, as for being a recreational activity — NOT! — the only reason I do what I do is to have salmon in my freezer and not have to pay the prices in the stores for something that I can get on my own even if it is for only one month. This brings me to another point, and I quote, “It also affects the sportfishing because dipnetters are taking fish before hook-and-line fishermen get a crack at them.” Well excuse me! How long can sport fisherman fish? Well? As I said, we get one month to dipnet. Look, I know that the wrath of God is going to come down on your head Mr. Vanek so be prepared. I know a lot of folks who dipnet; I have done it for senior citizens who cannot dipnet for themselves and need the food value that salmon can give them. Let me ask you this: Are you a commercial fisherman?

Kate Gelinas


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