Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
News news newsGuv gets new fish guySm goes over to adfgIsn't this news
Lainie was all over it as if Friday in her column and on the web and facebook. go to her alaskafishradio site.
its sad to see this god dam sport fishermen.
The last poster reflects just what is wrong with the ESSN. Attitude. They are their own worst enemy.
July 28, 2014 at 6:04 PMYou are sadly correct. I had a career in the commercial fishing world and am biased towards that side but I agree that the commercial fishermen's contempt for other users will ultimately be their undoing. Recently Craig Medred had a piece in the 'new' news where he calls out Wally Page. Absent an intelligent reply from Wally or others, they look a fool to the average blow who may ultimately determine their fate.
Times have changed and the Commercial set net fishermen have not adjusted. For years the population base was so low and Kenai so far away that there was no competition for the fish. They had it all to themselves. Things are so much different now with hundreds of thousands of Alaskans wanting and deserving an opportunity to put fish on their table. But instead of helping find a solution the ESSN crowd stubbornly refuses to try new things that would help get chinook into the kenai River. Instead they under report their catch or now they admittedly "roll" their kings, which is just another way of killing kings without reporting them. Or they blame the sports fishery. Their refusal to cooperate and use some innovation will cost them their fishery. The Board of fish may just create another gear type for them that keeps them off the kings. It is being done in the Yukon and with some success.
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