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    Default Recommended cuts in fisheries budget

    Not surprisingly, 3 of the 4 cuts coming out of the Soldotna office of the division of commercial fish are to enumeration projects in the Matanuska Susitna Valleys. http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/201...tate-employees

    The coho genetics study and Yentna weir are studies which could possibly lead to cuts in commercial fishing times or areas in the cook inlet, in the interest of passing enough fish through to meet inriver goals. The department's position is that stocking fish creek with sockeye would be useless, in light of poor hatchery returns in the past. However, last year's return of completely wild origin fish indicates that this fishery is still productive; poor returns indicate something other than lack of smolt production or lake rearing capability. Department spokesmen in the past have told Valley residents at public meetings that they would rather not have to deal with Fish Creek; they would be happy if it had no return of sockeye, as it would make their job of managing Cook Inlet commercial fisheries much easier. Looks like they still feel this way, as stocking Fish Creek again would only help keep the fishery alive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willphish4food View Post
    Not surprisingly, 3 of the 4 cuts coming out of the Soldotna office of the division of commercial fish are to enumeration projects in the Matanuska Susitna Valleys. http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/201...tate-employees

    The coho genetics study and Yentna weir are studies which could possibly lead to cuts in commercial fishing times or areas in the cook inlet, in the interest of passing enough fish through to meet inriver goals. The department's position is that stocking fish creek with sockeye would be useless, in light of poor hatchery returns in the past. However, last year's return of completely wild origin fish indicates that this fishery is still productive; poor returns indicate something other than lack of smolt production or lake rearing capability. Department spokesmen in the past have told Valley residents at public meetings that they would rather not have to deal with Fish Creek; they would be happy if it had no return of sockeye, as it would make their job of managing Cook Inlet commercial fisheries much easier. Looks like they still feel this way, as stocking Fish Creek again would only help keep the fishery alive.
    This is all wrong and willphis4food you have no idea what you are talking about. First, the Yentna sonar project is being cut not the weir programs. The sonar project has had significant problems with species apportionment and this was a last ditch effort to save it and with the budget it would not work. Last year they cut Crescent River sonar which is a program which was working. So your hypothesis about cutting the program to increase commercial fishing time is wrong. Next, the sonar count is not used for management in most of the critical decisions. The fishery is so far downstream that by the time the fish get to the site the major decisions are over.

    I wish you had some idea of what management in UCI looks like but after all these years you still have no clue and that is because you refuse to learn.

    Your assessment of Fish Creek is just not defensible given the long term data on the lake. You just made up something to fit your theory.

    The commercial guys in UCI have Kenai and Kasilof sonar left, age composition sampling, the Susitna weir program, and the OTF program. The OTF program is paid out of test fish funds not general funds. So given this there is not a lot left to cut.

    So I guess you would like to see one of the other prrograms cut to save a failed Yentna sonar program?

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    3 of the 4 cuts made were in someone elses back yard, not their own. I will leave it at that.

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    3 of the 4 cuts made were in someone elses back yard, not their own. I will leave it at that.
    People who can see past the end of their buoys are still concerned about science in your back yard. Budget cuts suck for all of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by willphish4food View Post
    3 of the 4 cuts made were in someone elses back yard, not their own. I will leave it at that.
    That is because you cannot discriminate based on science and other valid criteria for keeping a project or not. I will leave it at that.

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