Will kings be managed out of existence?

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Of course salt water fishing for kings should be closed. As far as I am concerned this is a no brainer. If you talk to anyone from the southern portion of the Peninsula they will tell you that they are "knocking them dead" in the surf. In fact, the Kenai River should be closed above the Soldotna bridge for 5-7 years to give the kings a chance to recover.

My husband's business depends on boats being used (he works on boat motors) so this closure is affecting us deeply. I don't know if we will have enough to make it through the winter or make a shop payment, but what is right for the Kenai River king fishery is all that matters.

The public knows that the kings are getting fished out. The guides know that the kings are getting fished out. Why doesn't Fish and Game know that the kings are getting fished out?

I do believe that last year (2009 season) the only rivers on the entire West Coast from California up to Nome that were open to king fishing were the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. King stocks are extremely low everywhere, yet they will let them fish them out here. What poor management of such a wonderful natural resource. It won't be long and the reds will be in the same position because the State allows people to come and rape the Kenai and Kasilof rivers with the dipnetting and subsistence fishing.

Someone cried loud enough, I hear they are now going to open the Kenai to catch-and-release so they can help kill the king fishery that way.

What a travesty of justice for the fish in the Kenai River. Are the kings going to get managed out of existence?

Roxy Mills

Soldotna



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