Time to be thankful, but work
to be done
April 23, 2004
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on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
It is time to be thankful for the closure of Behm Canal for this
year 2004. Although our concerns were excluded up until now,
we may have our foot through the door. We may even be back in
the building, but it's a big building, and there are a lot of
rooms to explore.
First of all, a heartfelt thank you to all of the people who
wrote letters for Sitnews and Juneau. The spontaneity of these
letters truly reflects the importance of the herring issue. I
would also like to thank the folks at Sitnews. What a tremendous
media for all of us to voice our opinions and send our messages.
The point has been made. We are on the right course. Behm Canal
should not have had a herring fishery. One remaining downside
is, the lack of large spawn herring. We must continue our efforts
to support a herry study area. We should strive to provide a
refuge where spawning is allowed and not interrupted. West Behm
Canal is the place.
ADF&F appears to have a high level of commercial fishing
pressure as its driving force. Looks to me like, "the fox
in the hen house syndrome." We need some collars on these
foxes, and they know who they are. When fishery management is
wrong on certain issues, why not just admit it?
The way the fishery was proposed, and the erratic population
swings of herring, made it wrong to pursue the Behm Canal Fishery
in 2004. Amazingly, ADF&G is still trying to convince us
of their wonderful herring management skills. Many of us will
continue to folllow this issue very closely and when discrepancies
appear we will be vocal.
There is a lot of work to be done. Leave the herring alone and
let them come back to our local harbors. Feed our fish and marine
mammals, and put a smile back on the faces of all herring users.
Lawrence "Snapper" Carson
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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