The topic this morning on the Kenai radio station call in program was dip netting. Almost every caller was upset with the current way the dip net fishery is managed (or not managed). Crowds, litter, non-residents taking fish, destruction of the grasses, wasted fish, litter and unsanitary conditions were complaints most often expressed. I find myself in agreement and action needs to be taken before this "fishery" gets totally out of control.
One sensible suggestion was made and in my opinion need to be explored or implemented ASAP.
Limit the number of users to a sensible level. Implementation of a tier 2 type permit to say 10,000. Eligibility could be based upon financial need, traditional use of the fishery, senior citizens, residential proximity.
This system already exists for rural hunting preference and could easily be implemented.