I'm hoping to gain a little better insight into this. I know I could probably research this, but time is short, and I thought this thread might generate some good discussion. I always considered the Kenai was a wild fish river, but it finally occured to me that that's not quite true. The Kasilof on the other hand has a history of stocking for steelhead (discontinued), kings and sockeye. Here are some questions to help frame the issue:
Why are their stocking programs for sockeye in the Kenai and Kasilof?
Whose idea was it to start these two stocking programs?
Who is doing the stocking, and who pays for it?
How many fish are typically stocked in each river annually?
What is the impact on native juvenile salmon and trout in the rivers?
What were the historical sockeye returns to these rivers before they started the stocking program compared to the sockeye returns now?
Isn't this contributing to the possibility of the "overescapement"?
Is it possible this stocking is affecting the native gene pool?
Is sockeye stocking necessary in these two rivers, or would the rivers be better off if these programs were eliminated?
I realize you could answer some of these with a yes or no, but please go beyond that if and tell us why you think what you think.