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Overloaded system causes underweight salmon

Regarding the underweight salmon "phenomenon" article in Friday's Clarion, what do you expect when you overload the system? You can make all the excuses about what might be causing the weight loss, but as long as Prince William Sound Aquaculture Corporation keeps dumping 600 million pinks in the Sound every year, not to mention Russia and Japan dumping billions of pinks and chums, and the hatchery sockeye programs scattered all over the state dumping millions more sockeye in the ocean, just really what do you expect?
Faced with uncertainty, fishing guides innovate

...sockeye, coho, marine or fly-out fishing and halibut trips. "You just have to learn to adapt," Fenton said. For Rod Berg, co-owner of Rod 'N Real, the closure of the early run king salmon fishery in 2014 was another blow to the guided...
Cook Inlet sport fishermen faced newly restrictive fisheries in 2014

...and local businesses dependent on the sport fishing industry, Gease said it was the right decision for the run. For Rod Berg, co-owner of Rod 'N Real, the closure of the early run king salmon fishery was another blow to the guided sportfishing...
Is overescapement financial or biological?

In the days and weeks ahead, we will be hearing all about "overescapement" of sockeye salmon into the Kenai River. "Too many fish will spawn on top of each other," will be the war cry, "They will kill each other off and the run will die off." "Manage biologically" will be heard over and over. "There will be too many fry and not enough food for them to successfully survive over the winters in the lakes." And on and on.
Taxes on tourism already in place

Who opened up this can of worms again? We already have a bed tax here in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. It is called the "Moock Tax" and was adopted years ago by the borough assembly.
Power boat moratorium not in proposal book

In Les Palmer's "An Outdoor View," May 23, "The state of the Kenai," the author asserts the Board of Fish discussed a proposal to place a 15-year moratorium on the use of power boats on the Kenai River. No where in the proposal book is there any such proposal and I am pretty sure the board never had this on their agenda nor did they discuss it. If I am mistaken, mea culpa. I agree with the author on many of his points in the article.
Is bed tax just the tip of the iceberg?

Many years ago, when the tax cap of $500 on any sale in the Kenai Peninsula borough was eliminated on tourism packages, the borough experienced a huge increase in tax revenues.
The birds have it

Here I sit next to the picture window watching Kelly dress down Ward Churchill and then Dinesh gives him a go also. Poor Ward, he sure can't find much good in America or anything America has ever done in our history as a country.
Rod Berg
Borough cuts to KPTMC gut the agency

...tourist. I agree everyone has to make cuts, but by eliminating funding, the borough administration is cutting the heart right out of KPTMC. It is mean spirited and a huge political mistake. Rod Berg; Rod'N Real Charters/Lodging, Soldotna


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