The Kenai King issue as it relates to in-river impacts.
Yukon has a couple posts that have got me thinking. I wanted to clarify positions I think many hold, but that might not be as plain to everyone as some think it is.
Iíve said I would like to have more limits on guided angler impacts in times of low Kenai King Abundance. I think this group has the largest inriver impact, and is a commercial operation. As such it has to limited prior to non-guided angler by law. (in my opinion). This is a central idea to me, and is a bone of contention to many. I know many donít agree that you should/can separate guided anglers from nonguided when both are sportfishing. However, I think the issue has been clearly defined by the courts and public opinion. They are different, and can be managed as such. I am not saying non guided anglers have no impact, or would not also have to be restricted. I would expect them to also be restricted in times of low abundance and would support this.
Another thing is at times fishing (and catching) are confused with the ability to fish. An old poster Gramps, had a great take on this imo. That fishing is a legal chance to catch fishÖÖ.but wasnít really about take, and catching. That being able to fish is the key, not how many the sector can kill. So if you had the chance to fish, then sport fish is open, and therefore other sectors should be too. I tend to agree with this. (thought with may levels as itís complicated).
Also the idea of catch and release and catch and kill being different is another one that is never clearly stated. They are not. Both are a chance to fish. If one is open the other should be too. Most Alaskans feel this way I think, and it sometimes boils over into slamming on guides. C&R also has an unknown mortality and unknown (likely very negative) impacts on spawning success.
I think there are ways around and through these issues personally. I just think things should be clear. Those are my thoughts. Maybe not as deeply explained as they should be, but there they are. Convince me Iím wrong! Iím very open to discussion on it, and have changed my mind before based on discussion here and on the old AOJ forum.