By R.K. Rice
November 29, 2010
Herring rely on a large biomass for survival as they are the heart of the food chain. The North Atlantic stocks took over 50 years to partially recover from the result of the herring stocks crashing. West Behm canal is the only healthy remaining herring biomass in this area. You spoke of the money spent in this community by the herring fleet, a couple of days long fishery, from a 100 or so people who largely live and eat on their boats. How much money is spent and
left in this community by the thousands of sport fisherman who come here? Clover Pass area is the second most productive sports fishing area in the state of Alaska. The fish are here because they have food. If I held a roe herring permit I would be pushing for a roe herring fishery, but for the economic good of Ketchikan I believe this is a bad idea.
About: "Former salmon troller. 30 + years Ketchikan resident."
Received November 27, 2010 - Published November 29, 2010
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