Efforts to revitalize fishing industry gain attention elsewhere

Posted: Thursday, November 20, 2003

The story on "Kenai Wild" was excellent, wonderfully done for supporting your communities' rebuilding of self-esteem and enhancing the conviction that with fishers' support for change, coupled with processing and marketing efforts to back that effort up, wild salmon will be assured of a viable place on our consumers' dinner plates.

As commercial fishers here in British Columbia, it is very frustrating to not see support for or embracing of the need for positive changes that will once more bring viability back to our small boat fishers and communities that rely on the real values being expressed from our natural resources.

I've written you folks before and offered you my thoughts on your good work in bringing the issues to the public's attention to government and communtity support for priceless efforts like this. I again extend my congratulations to you folks for your valuable contribution to supporting fisher-community-quality-viability focused efforts.

My gratitude extends not just to your work supporting the efforts being made in your communities, but it is beyond valuable for bringing attention to the need to support such efforts and hope to our fishers and communities here, too.

Fred and Linda Hawkshaw

Prince Rupert, B. C.

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