This put forth, as near as I can tell, by the Anchorage AC.
Although the goal is laudable, if the kings truly are "on the brink of extinction" then I highly doubt electro-shock fishing is a very bright idea. I am surprised that explosives didn't make the list
sadly, as ensconced as pike are in the Alexander system I doubt they will ever be controlled or eradicated.
March 24, 2010
Denby Lloyd, Commissioner
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
P.O. Box 25526
Juneau, Alaska 99802-5526
RE: Alexander Creek/Lake
Dear Commissioner Lloyd:
We ask that you issue an emergency order for the Alexander Lake Drainage, effective immediately through at least June 1, to allow the public the use of expanded methods for pike to include Gill Nets, Pond Nets, Electro-fishing, Bow-fishing and Spear-fishing; and eliminate all bag and size limits for pike.
The Alexander Creek System has historically produced tens of thousands of Chinook salmon annually that were harvested in Alaska’s commercial, subsistence, and sport fisheries. Alexander Creek King Salmon are literally on the brink of extinction. Escapement over a 26 year period from 1979-2005 ranged from 6,200-1,500 Kings with a mean of 3300. From 2006-present has ranged from 880-150, with a mean of about 400 even with complete closures of sport fishing and reduced northern district set netting.
Many fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet have shown signs of weakness in recent years. The Alexander has crashed more than others due to a thriving population of invasive northern pike. Without immediate action to drastically reduce pike in this system we will lose an entire generation of King Salmon and possibly face a complete extinction of Kings in this stream.
There are numerous individual volunteers and fisheries groups in South Central Alaska willing and able to actively participate in this worthwhile project.