Area fisheries managed for everyone's future

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2004

Re: Mr. Rucker ("Emergency openings give unfair advantage to commercial fishers," July 22): I appreciate your feelings on the Alaska fisheries but think you are way out of the loop. It is for all of us, but there are a lot of fish. If you closed the beach corridor, the beach fisherman would do without.These people have made a living for many years this way. If you restrict the driftnetters to the corridor, there would be an over-escapement on the rivers and the mortality rate of the spawn would be horrible. There would be a much smaller return later. The emergency openings are for the over-escapement. This is so we will have fish for the future.

Mr. Rucker, you mentioned that you pay $200 a year for your fishing license. This implies that you don't live in Alaska 12 months of the year. I do! I live and make my living here, so I guess I'm biased. Don't tell me to go somewhere else to make my living, please; this is home. You are the one who is way off base on your facts.

Rich Mondor, Ninilchik



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