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RE: Herring
By Kevin Kristovich


November 26, 2010
Friday PM

This letter is in response to the comments and concerns made by Lawrence,"Snapper" Carson. For years now, I have been reading about Mr. Carson commenting about the local herring population and how he accuses the Department of Fish and Game for mismanaging the local herring stocks we once had in the Kah Shakes area south of Ketchikan. He also goes on to object to the West Behm Canal area that is designated as a commercial sac roe herring fishery area.

Mr. Carson and other local citizens have formed a local herring action group and time and again argued their case in front of the state Board of Fish and also writing letters to the editors of both SitNews and the Ketchikan Daily News voicing their concerns about herring stocks.

What Mr. Carson fails to mention to the readers is that he worked for many years gainfully employed as a fish tender owner/ operator hauling herring from Sitka, Kah Shakes, and the Behm Canal areas.

Mr. Carson, you are fighting a losing battle so why not sit back and allow commerce to take place? When the herring fleet comes into any community to harvest, there is money being put into the community in the form of revenues from local vendors/businesses, processors etc. Yet, you continue to say the Department of Fish and Game is doing a bad job when they are not.

We will never know how much herring is taken by the whale and sea lion population but from experience and seeing them in action in the Sitka area, I would imagine it runs in the hundred of tons consumed.

If Mr. Carson would like to reply to this letter and enlighten the readers how many years he packed herring and how much money he made doing this with the two tenders he used to own, I'm sure the readers would like to know.

Kevin Kristovich
Ketchikan, AK


About: "Lifelong Ketchikan resident 3rd generation commercial fisherman vessel owner and harbor user"

Received November 24, 2010 - Published November 26, 2010


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