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Let the slaughtering begin
by Don Hoff Jr.


February 29, 2004

The herring populations are disappearing! Whose fault is that? The blame starts with your present Governor (great white father that knows all) and trickles to Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game for mis-management and the private commercial fishery industries for over harvesting (slaughtering) of herring. It is not just North Behm Canal with diminishing populations of herring, it is all over Southeast Alaska where herring spawn.

State of Alaska and the Federal Government need to stop the herring and sac roe fisheries. Commercial fishing of herring needs to stop and let nature heal itself. The food chain is or will be broken. Salmon , other fish and mammals need the herring for there survival of their species. Herring needs to be put on the endangered species list. We learned anything from mis-management of fishing? What happened to the King crab, abalone, salmon, halibut fisheries and now, herring.

The sad thing about this whole situation with all our fisheries and all our natural resources in the great State of Alaska is, it might be to late and the damage may not be able to fix itself. In my own opinion it is the fault of a few politicians and very few commercial industries that destroy all our natural resources in Alaska. These few exploiters and unconcerned people will get rich and will leave Alaska or run their business of slaughtering from Seattle as history has show us. Then a few of us subsistence users that are fighting for subsistence rights in Alaska will not have any Indian foods to fight over. This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.
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