By John Harrington
January 14, 2009
First, in the last ten years a group in Ketchikan has been fighting to stop the herring roe fishery. Never was it mentioned that the problem was subsistence fishing. We knew that the two major problems were the herring roe fishery and the dramatic increase in whale populations. Contrary to Don's statement the biggest problem we faced was ADF&G s position that there is an abundance of herring. Over the last two years, I think we have reached a point where finally ADF&G must admit that the herring biomass is becoming depleted. So as Don stated it is indeed a case of bad management of our natural resources by the State of Alaska and Federal Government that caused the herring problem.
Andy Rauwolf of the Ketchikan Herring Coalition has been tireless in his efforts. He is working with many fishing and tribal organizations to develop a coordinated effort to stop this reckless endangerment of our herring stocks.
Second, when Don expands his
claims that the regulations have "allowed the ooligan runs
to disappear in the Unuk River" he ignores one major fact.
The last harvest of the Unuk River ooligan took place AFTER the
State of Alaska had CLOSED IT TO HARVESTING. The harvest was
made by fishermen claiming subsistence authorization. That
harvest ranked about 4th in total tonnage of ooligan removed
from the Unuk. And it was the last run of any size up the river.
So Don needs to reexamine his view of subsistence.
Finally, Don's race baiting
comments and racist attitude exacerbates the problem of communication.
It works against the development of coordinated and effective
plans to stop the destruction of our fish populations, and creating
a more vibrant future for Southeast Alaska.
About: " Regular Sitnews reader. Member Ketchikan Herring Coalition, Borough Assembly."
Received January 07, 2009 - Published January 14, 2009
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