I am new and do not have the breadth of background that many here have. But it seems to me users blaming users for their perceived problems is not very useful in solving problems. Think about it. Set betters and drifters fish when, where, and how they are allowed by regulation or as ordered by Adf&g. Same for guides and guided sports, and dip betters. If a net fisherman catches a King, he may keep it according to law. If a guide catches one in a legal area he is not breaking the law. If there are too many guides, why blame them if they are not breaking the law. The ADF&G had extra ordinary authority to make adjustments as needed. The Board of Fish make regulations. The legislature, statutes. The Park service, guides. The users just exercise their lawful rights. Why are they to blame for anything.
The public has significant influence what laws are passed. After intense lobbying by special interest groups who do their thing to persuade legislators laws are passed. The same thing happens with the board of fish members. From what I have read and been told members are heavily lobbied by user group organizations and individuals all trying to get regulatory help. Some are more effective than others. But in the end it is the legislators and board which makes the rules. The Dept is to follow the rules but it has this over riding authority to fix things when needed, and can go further than the rules to make sure conservation is preserved. So if there is a problem why are users blamed when all they are doing is following these rules and law?
Perhaps the effort should not be focused on our neighbors or other users, rather it should be focused on changing the rules if needed. This guy Penny does not make the rules yet a lot of energy is spent in blaming him for problems. The same for the guy who broke the residency rules. He was not responsible for the rules governing fishing.
I think the ADF&G is primarily responsible for making sure that things run smooth and provide accurate information. But have they been doing their job? How many times have they changed how they determine the number of Kings that get to spawning grounds. They have changed counters, locations, methods used to count, and really have changed their minds on how, when, and where to open fisheries depending on politics and not always on science. Let's stop blaming people who just want to follow the rules. Let's place the blame where it belongs: on the managers and the policy makers. And that starts with the Governor and the Commissioner.
Just my take. I just don't want to see honest Alaskans who are trying to benefit from our natural resources within the law be blamed for problems they do not create. Kind of like blaming an Alaskan for accepting his PFD when the state needs to cut expenses, rather than blaming the state for issuing a PFD. Not meant to be in favor of cutting PFDs or not. Just an example of not putting responsibility where it belongs.