This really deserves its own thread. From the article:
Because history is repeating itself, and immediate gains in a commercial fishery are being put ahead of the fish. Despite conservation bells ringing out across Alaska for kings, some want you to believe everything is fine on the Kenai and there is no cause for concern for these majestic fish. But when basic principles of fishery management are ignored and violated, it is a significant setback for king conservation and a true cause for alarm. It cries out that people take notice, demand accountability and call for action.
Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) is doing just that. Our recent activities to educate the public and legislators about former Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) member Vince Webster were fact-based and truthful, centered and focused on the conservation of Kenai kings. Within days, a KRSA call to action garnered more than 10,000 Facebook views.
The public listened and many contacted their legislators asking that Webster not be confirmed. KRSA’s well-reasoned and researched stance resonated among sport and personal use anglers who fish Upper Cook Inlet (UCI), and they let their voices be heard unlike any time before. Many of these legislators took notice and listened to their constituents. On a close vote, Webster was not confirmed.
Our concerns regarding Webster’s confirmation spotlighted the fact that basic principles of fishery management were not being followed. These included:
- His failed leadership to provide adequate board oversight regarding an alarmingly low new interim escapement goal for Kenai kings, which drops the minimum number of king spawners needed by one third to 12,000 (using Didson sonar counts);
- His advocacy to set an optimum escapement goal even lower than the new minimum so commercial set netters could keep on fishing; and
- His failed attempt to shift the burden of king conservation solely onto one user group, the personal use fishery, when no other group faced restrictions. These and other similar past actions added to the foundation and argument that he should no longer serve.
I honestly can't believe that Gease/KRSA is doubling down on the outright disingenuous misinformation they spread about Vince Webster. Never before have I seen such blatant misrepresentation of facts. I can only think that KRSA was taking flak for what happened, and that is why they are now doubling down on the lies. If you tell a lie over and over and over again, I guess it eventually becomes the truth.
I don't normally go this far, but Ricky and KRSA, SHAME ON YOU!