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Why roll the dice on Alaska’s Kenai River kings by cutting escapement goals?

April 24th, 2013

The basic principle of fisheries management is simple. Fish come first. Use science to ensure adequate escapement and then allow harvest by users. When uncertain about the science, act conservatively to prevent overfishing. If precautionary measures must be taken, share the burden of conservation fairly among all users. When these principles are not followed, troubles … + read more

Kenai King Debacle, Non-confirmation of Webster show Upper Cook Inlet is Different

April 11th, 2013

On Tuesday, April 8 a joint session of the Alaska State Legislature took the almost unprecedented action of failing to reconfirm a standing member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) who had been nominated by the Governor to serve another term. Vince Webster, a commercial fisherman from Bristol Bay, was not confirmed by a … + read more

ACTION NEEDED IMMEDIATELY – HELP SAVE THE KINGS

April 4th, 2013

This is an IMMEDIATE CALL TO ACTION! Kenai River Sportfishing Association supporters: We ask that you read this important update and take action against the appointment of Vince Webster to the Alaska Board of Fisheries by the Governor. Vince Webster’s appointment needs confirmation by the Legislature, with a vote coming Monday, April 8. We need … + read more

Set Net Harvest Prioritized Over Kenai King Conservation

April 4th, 2013

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) concluded its 2013 late-run Kenai River king salmon discussion by accepting a questionable Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) recommendation to lower the Kenai king escapement goal and are taking no other action to amend failed management plans. The bottom line: The BOF, led by Bristol Bay representative … + read more

UCI King Salmon Task Force – Sharing the Burden of Conservation – Part Three

February 26th, 2013

As put forth in KRSA’s proposed Late-Run Kenai River King Salmon step-down management matrix, it is our position that the burden of conservation must be shared between the sport and commercial set net fisheries when in-season restrictions are required to achieve the escapement objective. Further, this regulatory burden of conservation between the sport and commercial … + read more