Here is a copy of a letter in todays paper:
Guide should have given thought to commercial fishery's rights
Regarding the article "Mat-Su anglers demand action," printed Jan. 11:
For the record, drift fishermen face mandatory closures when returns are delayed in the central district. One year on a 20 million pink salmon return to the Kenai River the fishery was closed.
Like charity, stewardship begins at home. Asphalt ecology, jet-boat hydrology, development, pike, junk cars and Superfund sites are not components of good stewardship of habitat.
For the record, drift fishermen do not intercept fish.
Area H commercial fishermen are licensed by the State of Alaska to harvest salmon.
If I were a Mat-Su Valley guide I would be mad too. I would be mad at myself for starting a fish business upstream from a 100-year-old limited entry commercial fishery.
-- John McCombs