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    Default Kenai River Anglers / Boaters Needed for State Parks Study

    Current and former Kenai anglers and boaters are invited to help identify issues and brainstorm solutions as part of a State Parks study of recreation use on the river. More information about the study is available at the following link:

    http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/krsma/studysummary.htm

    Researchers are seeking:

    • Volunteers to attend a “focus group” on Feb 26 from 7 to 9:30 pm in Anchorage
    • Volunteers to review or “pre-test” surveys that will be used in the study

    If you are interested, please return the following information (cut and paste it into an email) to dwhittakerCRC@gmail.com by Saturday, Feb 21.

    1. Your name: ____________________________

    2. Years experience fishing or boating the Kenai: ____ years

    3. Type an X next to the river segments you use regularly:
    Upper Kenai (Kenai Lake to Skilak Lake)
    Middle Kenai (Skilak to Sterling Highway Bridge in Soldotna)
    Lower Kenai (Soldotna to the mouth)

    4. Type an X next to the type of trips you take regularly:
    Powerboat-based fishing for kings
    Powerboat-based fishing for other species
    Driftboat-based fishing for any species
    Bank angling for reds
    Other types of fishing
    Boat-based scenic or wildlife viewing trips

    5. Type an X if you are interested in…
    attending the focus group;
    reviewing draft surveys; or
    both.

    We’ll inform those selected for the “focus group” by Monday Feb 23 (if we have more volunteers than we need, we'll randomly select participants from the list).

    For those interested in reviewing the draft survey, we’ll provide a website where you can complete the survey and make comments in April.

    Thanks for your help!


    Doug Whittaker, Ph.D. and Bo Shelby, Ph.D.
    Confluence Research and Consulting
    Anchorage, Alaska and Corvallis, Oregon
    Confluence-Research.com

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    This should probably be posted in the boating forums too.
    It ain't about the # of pounds of meat we bring back, nor about how much we spent to go do it. Its about seeing what no one else sees.

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    What is the "goal" of the study and what will the results of the study be used for once completed?

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    Default Brief summary of the study and goals

    2009 Kenai River Recreation Use Study

    The Kenai River is widely known as one of the most outstanding recreation resources in Alaska, but its popularity has led to high use and impacts at some times and places, which are an on-going challenge to Kenai River managers. While several agencies have (sometimes overlapping) management responsibilities on the Kenai, State Parks is the lead managing agency for recreation use on the river and adjacent state land. The last major study of recreation use impacts was in 1992-93, and the most recent Comprehensive Management Plan (1997) identified the need for more information about recreation use and impacts. Funding for the study became available this year; Confluence Research and Consulting (with offices in Anchorage and Corvallis, Oregon) received the contract to conduct the study for State Parks and the KRSMA board. More information about Confluence is available at their website confluence-research.com.

    The study will assess the “state of recreation” on the river. The overall goal is to describe use levels and patterns, impacts, user and trip characteristics, impact tolerances, attitudes toward general management strategies, and acceptability of specific management actions. The study will address these issues through coordinated user, guide, and property owner surveys, as well as field assessments (detailed information about the amount, type, and distribution of use through the season). Users will be surveyed on-site from May through September, with a longer follow-up survey sent to a random sample of on-site users.

    The study is primarily directed at “recreation experience” issues rather than biophysical impacts (e.g., bank trampling, boat-caused erosion, hydrocarbon pollution), although respondents will be asked about management actions that may be used to address those impacts. Results are expected to be considered by State Parks, the KRSMA Advisory Board, other agencies, stakeholders, and the public before additional recreation management initiatives are taken on the river. The study is not designed to address fisheries management issues (e.g., fishing regulations; allocations between commercial, subsistence, and sport fishing users).

    Study Schedule
    A study plan is being developed in February 2009 in collaboration with the River Use Committee of the KRSMA Board and agency staff. Researchers will develop draft surveys in March and pre-test them in April and early May. On-site surveying will occur from mid-May through September. Data will be analyzed through the winter and results will be presented in spring 2010.

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    And what kind of impact would you be looking to squash? First it was banning 2 stroke motors in July only, which i still feel was a horsecrap lie about immissions when you and everyone else over there sided with guides and even gave them a 1 foot increase in boat lenght. How about that! the main goal there was to cater to guided fishing and get all the local unguided boaters off the water so guided customers can have a better chance at hooking fish.

    Everyone would like to afford 7k for a new 4stroke so if you can't then you don't belong on the water anyway your a looser! Maybe not quite that far but you get the idea. however even though Ice blue might not agree with what i'm saying he makes his points. What is your "goal" or deception...and "results" i fear the results.

    what kind of impact you going to add to the so called "endangered" river this time? you going to try banning all local unguided fishing on certain days of the week? that would cute! i bet i'm right on this but the parks will never admit it.

    aren't you the same people who tore down the duck blinds on the kenai flats last fall? that female head in Juneau or anchorage behind all that? I think she's turning you men into feminazi's? why isn't the little su or big su or deskua considered a threatened river with all their 2 strokes? answer that one?

    because the politics of soldotna rather see people move out of town to make more fish accessible for guided anglers. by the way..i released all which amounted to about a dozen or so hens in my 2 seasons on the kenai. all mostly over 30 lbs. GUIDE BOATS WILL KILL JUST ABOUT EVERY LEGAL FEMALE KING they bring to the boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honker View Post
    And what kind of impact would you be looking to squash? First it was banning 2 stroke motors in July only, which i still feel was a horsecrap lie about immissions when you and everyone else over there sided with guides and even gave them a 1 foot increase in boat lenght. How about that! the main goal there was to cater to guided fishing and get all the local unguided boaters off the water so guided customers can have a better chance at hooking fish.

    Everyone would like to afford 7k for a new 4stroke so if you can't then you don't belong on the water anyway your a looser! Maybe not quite that far but you get the idea. however even though Ice blue might not agree with what i'm saying he makes his points. What is your "goal" or deception...and "results" i fear the results.

    what kind of impact you going to add to the so called "endangered" river this time? you going to try banning all local unguided fishing on certain days of the week? that would cute! i bet i'm right on this but the parks will never admit it.

    aren't you the same people who tore down the duck blinds on the kenai flats last fall? that female head in Juneau or anchorage behind all that? I think she's turning you men into feminazi's? why isn't the little su or big su or deskua considered a threatened river with all their 2 strokes? answer that one?

    because the politics of soldotna rather see people move out of town to make more fish accessible for guided anglers. by the way..i released all which amounted to about a dozen or so hens in my 2 seasons on the kenai. all mostly over 30 lbs. GUIDE BOATS WILL KILL JUST ABOUT EVERY LEGAL FEMALE KING they bring to the boat.
    Wow, interesting to say the least. I wish you would educate yourself on the history of the 2-stoke regulation in the sportfishery as well the dipnet fishery.

    As far as the study goes, everyone I know feels it is a way (and requirement) to limit the guides.

    Honker, have you testified at any BoF meetings or offered your services to Mr. Whittaker? You seem to have some strong opinions, I hope you were able to partcipate in the process that formed the regulations and studies.

    There reasons why other systems have not been studied, or maybe there are reasons why the Kenai has been studied. I suggest you go to the Fisheries Management Forum as there are some very knowledgeable, passionalte and opinionated forum members. I look forward to reading.

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    This will always be a passionate topic, depending on perspective. I was born and raised on the Kenai (Cooper Landing) I've sport fished it my whole life as a guide and just for friends & family. I saw the impact of what limiting the number of guide did on the Upper River, which worked for a while now it gets hammered from the Bridge to Jim's by non-guided boats. I've also seen what has happened to the Lower river, which has yet to limit the number of guides, all though I don't think the over all number has grown as rapid as Halibut industry. I have seen the slot limit changes over the years, the first attempts seem to benefit the Guides, as does the latest change, the 2" increase.
    There has been some positive changes over the last few years too, Drift boat only Mondays, Slot limit staying in affect later in the upper portions of the Lower river. I think the 4 stroke rule in itself is a fair call, but the manipulation, motives, and delivery leave me with some concerns as to the over all management of the river.
    Changes that would truly impact the betterment of the river in my opinion: Cap the number for guides, stop cheating the slot limit, add Tuesdays as a guided drift boat day, and do something about the non-stickered guide boats out on Sunday I really like the ones that are fishing & filming themselves, with there lodge name on the boat for some promo video. I personally know there where a large number of guides that cheated the 35hp rule for years so I don't buy them saying their never out there on Sundays.
    I don’t think the guides should be viewed as the bad guys, I think the ADF&G, Kenai River Counsel, and the Park have played a role too. I'm glad to see that they had a public brainstorming party, that counts for something, I hope they got a good turn out in February.

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