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Commercial fishing stops more salmon than culverts

I see that the Kenai Watershed Forum is out again advertising the successful replacement of another culvert. It makes me wonder about this intense focus placed on culvert replacement as being some kind of magic pill to save our salmon. I can only see culverts having a minimal impact on us having more salmon in the future. There are many things that could stop salmon departures or arrivals, why focus so much on culverts? As far as salmon stoppers go I see culverts being a minor player when compared to the stopping power of our commercial gill net industry.
Ruffner unanimously passes through first confirmation hearing

...House Resources committee during the hearing were in support of Ruffner's nomination.However one Soldotna man, Don Johnson, spoke out against Ruffner's nomination. Johnson, a sportfishing guide from Soldotna, sought to draw parallels...
Bill would raise sport fishing fees

If Representative David Talerico has his way HB 137 will require all resident Alaskans to pay $5 more for their sport fishing licenses this coming summer.
Too many conflicts of interest on Board of Fisheries

Everyone seems to be upset about our Alaska Board of Fisheries lately but few understand how the board was created to function and how it is currently functioning. The board was created by intelligent and good Alaskans who simply believed that other intelligent and good Alaskans could be appointed to the Alaska Board of Fish by our elected representatives.
Wishful thinking doesn't change facts

...recent letters to the editor printed in the Peninsula Clarion got my attention. On Wednesday, you printed a letter from Don Johnson critical of the Alaska Board of Fisheries, suggesting that recent appointees have not been "intelligent and good Alaskans...
King research needs to focus on ocean issues

Is anyone wondering what the State of Alaska is spending that $30 million dollars on that our legislature allocated to discover why our king salmon are disappearing? Most people haven't heard a peep as to where all that cash is going.
Kings of the Kenai River

...lot of happy people," he said. Don Johnson, of Johnson Brothers guide service...of the season while fishing with Don Johnson of Johnson Brothers Guide Service. Photo courtesy of Don Johnson Johnson said while he stayed busy...
Beyond the Kenai river

Most reasonable people can see that our Kenai River kings are in trouble but can they also see that we have many rivers around the state that have the same trouble? It is defective reasoning to conclude that Kenai River access is the sole cause of our statewide king salmon problems. This kind of defective reasoning usually results from individuals who are making money catching and selling things other than king salmon, mainly Pollock and sockeye.
New technology could answer lingering questions

Dear Alaska Board of Fisheries, It appears that we have very little information regarding where our Kenai River king salmon migrate to when leaving the river.
Fish and Game needs to maintain natural salmon ratios

Hatching up millions of sockeye salmon and dumping them into the ocean may seem like a good idea but has anyone really sat down and figured out what all those extra mouths are suppose to eat? Our ADF&G projected 6 -7 million sockeye returning to Cook Inlet this year with a commercial gill net harvest of 4.9 million. Has anyone even asked how many sockeye nature would normally have run in Upper Cook Inlet this year without the help of the ADF&G? A whole lot of these sockeye are returning because our ADF&G hatched those sockeye eggs out and dumped them into the ocean.


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