I cannot believe consultants were hired again (for $200,000) to tell us what we already know about the Kenai River. I would have done the job for $50,000 and been more candid for less cash.
From the PC 2-22-10, Mr.Whitaker states "the fix is not politically simple." How can that be? The inlet is closed when fish are present. The river is open when escapement is low or not achieved. Cook Inlet is managed by politics.
In most salmon fisheries once the fish enter the river to spawn they are safe. Not so with the Kenai or Kasilof. Why don't you know, the Alaska Board of Fish could close the river or add more drift days or allow fishing in just a 2-mile stretch of the river like the drift fleet is restricted to a narrow strip of water along the east side?
Hey here's an idea: windows! The Board of Fish could have mandatory closures in the river so pulses of bio-diverse fish would have a chance to spawn. Too bad the river is managed inside-out. Overuse solutions require action not excuses.
Finallyin the dipnet fishery over 15 percent of the personal use harvest reports are not returned. There is a law on the books that would allow enforcement to levy fines of $250. Based on the non-returns the state could take in over $800,000. Sportfish division has the list of names and will not release them to Fish and WildlifeEnforcement. Those fundscould be used to facilitate a safer P.U. fishery.
I personally would like to know who hired the consultants. In alllikelihood it was probably someone from the Department of Redundance Department.
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