by John Harrington
April 21, 2004
For this year the West Behm Canal Herring demolition derby has
been called off. I am relieved that no sac roe herring fishery
has taken place. As I listened to the reports on the herring
samples taken. I was struck by how accurately Snapper Carson
had predicted the herring situation. The reports described roe
content that was widely varied, and samples of herring that were
small and immature. Precisely what Snapper Carson had been describing
I went back and reviewed the many letters to Sitnews regarding
herring. Some of them made me distinctly uncomfortable. Some
of the letters, notably, Mr. Hoff's, have been anti-Governor
Murkowski, and anti-the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).
For me this has been an unfortunate departure from the focus
Obviously I am critical of the sac roe fishery. But ADF&G
has achieved much. The steady increase in the wild Unuk River
King Salmon run is an ADF&G success story. And every year
I look forward to my annual personal-use sockeye harvest in Yes
Bay, thanks to ADF&G. As for Governor Murkowski, I voted
for him. And will again if he runs. I believe he is tackling
the problems facing Alaska. You may not agree with his solutions,
but if the problems had been easy Knowles would have solved them.
But because Tony Knowles did nothing in his eight years, Governor
Murkowski is faced with even more difficult and painful choices.
I thank God we have him.
As for the future, well the Herring Action Group isn't going
away until the West Behm Canal sac roe herring fishery is stopped.
So if you are planning to run for office next fall, you may want
to prepare for some questions on herring. We will be making this
a political issue.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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