This month Kenai River Sportfishing Association and the communities of Kenai and Soldotna presented the 17th annual Kenai River Classic. Again, the event was a great success with an outpouring of community support, two days of king salmon fishing and many opportunities to educate the attendees about the importance of preserving the world-class Kenai River.
This event just wouldn't be possible without 200-plus volunteers who do everything from transporting participants to setting up venues, loading boats and organizing the auction. The money we raise for habitat and fisheries conservation, management, research and education is a result of the generous auction item donations from local businesses and individuals, and the countless hours donated by tireless volunteers.
The Kenai River Classic is a strong component of the Peninsula's recovering economic engine with hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on accommodations, food, guides, tours and transportation.
As sport fisheries across the state continue to suffer from marginal returns, the efforts we are all making to protect the Kenai River become that much more important. Working together as a community we will continue to ensure that the river is healthy and that sportfishing remains an important and productive aspect of our local economy, and our children's enjoyment for years to come.
On behalf of the KRSA board of directors, thanks to all of you who made this year's Kenai River Classic a success.
Our sincere appreciation to all.
Eldon Mulder, Board Chair
Jim Golden, Classic Chair
Ricky Gease, Executive Directorv
Kenai River Sportfishing Association
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