I heard Bob Penney beating his drum on radio 920 again this morning....
"Overescapement is a myth."
"Overescapement is just a way to let commercial fishermen catch more fish"
He cited the Exxon oil spill and it's subsequent good returns, apparently in his mind due to no commercial fishing.
It looks like Penney with his "Kenai King Conservation Alliance" has finally lost his marbles!
Penney needs to pull himself out from under his emotional anti-commercial fishing and pro-economic agendas, and understand some basic concepts:
Overescapement is grounded in Alaska's Constitutional mandate to provide sustained yields of fish, Article VIII, Section 4. That mandate provides the impetus for a scientifically defendable escapement goal policy in Alaska (5 AAC 39). "Overescapement" is part of that policy, defined by ADFG as escapements that are above the range of the current escapement goal. Obviously Alaska can't possibly sustain it's fisheries and meet it's Constitutional mandates without setting escapement goals. The commercial fishery helps meet those goals, all while sustaining the fishery and harvesting yields. Fish above escapement goals that are not harvested are lost yield. Countless defendable scientific studies show that in general, overescapements lead to lower yields.
What's stuck in Bob Penney's craw, is allocation; his selfish, blatent, sportfishing allocation agenda of, "all-for-me-none-for you." He is the chief exterminator of commercial fishing - a vital fishery. Chief exterminator of the Kenai River via endless economic exploitation - a vital fishery. The great divider among the various users.
I encourage everyone to reject Penney's ideals, speak out against his representation of the sport fishery, expose his hypocritical "conservation" monikers, and inform others of his dangerous antics. He is the worst thing for sportfishing and us sportfishermen. I can't figure out why KSRM 920 is giving him air time or even recognizing his "Alliance."