This exchange made me realize that a series of “Fish Management Polls” are due on this forum.whether one valid test is much more valuable than the opinions of a thousand experts depends totally on the test criteria.. . For myself my only interest is to myself and fellow resident sport fishermen. . .
narrow self-interest is no criterion for a test of how a public resource should be allocated.
While I’m among those who fear the “tyranny of the majority”, I also tend to fear a tyranny of the minority.
I have long been of the position that as the resident population of Upper Cook Inlet grows exponentially as the commercial salmon fishing industry stays the same size (due to it’s limited entry makeup), allocation battles will grow. I believe what we’ve been seeing over the past couple of decades bears me out.
A poll here is clearly unscientific. It is a limited pool, but it is made up of people interested in outdoor Alaskan things, and those who vote are likely interested in fish politics (or they wouldn’t be in this sub-forum). Also, it might include people who wouldn’t normally post in fish politics threads. This poll is anonymous, just like voting in elections.
I will start several polls. Hopefully the results will be enlightening for us all.