Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
I predict that the salmon runs in the Norton Sound area will be weak next year. First to show salmon declines(twenty year problem) was the easily accessible Nome area rivers, then the Unalakleet rivers started to crash, the Fish River out of White Mountain is showing strain and the red run of the Pilgrim River, What tda????? The decline of the reds on the Pilgrim River was scientifically avoidable. But, there will be "record" runs next summer. These "records" exist because escapement goals are lowered and it misleads the public. If management continues to give first preference to the commercial salmon fishermen of Southern Norton Sound before the escapement goals are met, then we know there is a backdoor control group hogging the salmon.
'course nets in the river don't help overharvest anything.
I thought you were a fisherman too, Tim
Ethical fishermen don't fish when the stocks are endangered.
Nobody is ever going to accuse you of being ethical Tim.
Speaking of "ethical fishermen", The Nome Nugget issued on October 27th quotes one from the Interior, Orville Huntington from Huslia. "He said he's been a commercial salmon fisherman for many years, but out of concern for salmon stocks, he let his commercial fisher license sunset this year and only fished for subsistence."Kudos to Orville and Thank You for your conservative efforts and for taking a stand. There's a bunch of us scattered around the state contradicting foolish loggerheads like the blogger who is blog stalking a guy named "Tim".
Alaskan commercial fishing openers are managed by "science" indicating an abundance of fish above the required biomass to sustain healthy stock numbers. If someone chooses to not participate in the harvests, that's a personal choice made for other reasons, nothing more.
Who are you quoting when you bracket science with quotation marks?
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