This excerpt is from the DF&G pre-season Kasilof estimate:
2008 Regulatory Changes
An important change at the recent Upper Cook Inlet BOF meeting was the clarification that
managing to meet established escapement goals is the Departmentís primary objective. A second
notable change is that the use of the Kasilof River Special Harvest Area (KRSHA) should now
occur only on rare occasions. The BOF directed the department to use its emergency order
authority to commercially fish in traditional areas with more time than allowed for in the
management plans, if needed, to allow additional harvests if Kasilof River sockeye salmon
escapements are likely to exceed the escapement goal.
IMO there should be a little more opportunity for dipnetters in this case to assist in what the fishery was originally created for. HARMONY should be the priority here; not dominance of one user group. The Kasilof was originally estimated to be 33% over the historical average and if you (like me) have been paying attention to the commercial hot line recording (907-262-9611) you would have noticed that there has been a liberal use of the Kasilof Special Harvest Area; which contradicts the statement that the KSHA ONLY OCCUR ON RARE OCCASIONS. Where's the opportunity for the dippers here? If there are to be restrictions (rumors I've heard) on the Kenai, liberalize the dip nets as well as the commercial nets.