Well, according to the local biologists in Soldotna the Kenai/Soldotna AC the other night passed a proposal to have PU fisherman release chinook salmon in the Kenai River. The proposal was brought to the AC by a guide on the AC and commercial set netters on the AC supported it - it is rumored that one said a chinook is a sport fish and should be released in the PU fishery. That PU fisherman should be limited to reds as they are the meat fish and therefore PU fisherman have no right to them.
If you remember I brought this up months ago when KAFC was approached to do this and a number of guides on this forum said that they would not put in such a proposal. So someone got the AC guide representative to do it with commercial fisherman support on the AC. Nice move politically but we know where this is coming from- self interest and money on both groups part.
Guides want more chinook for their clients and set netters want more chinook to pass the counter so they keep fishing. If PU fisherman have to suffer the few fish they catch to do this so be it. Also, local sport fish biologists asked KAFC if they would put the proposal in and KAFC said no to this request.
At least one guide who is an alternate to the AC objected and said that this was nuts. That local residents cannot keep a chinook from the river that is adjacent to their homes. He was upset but could not vote on the measure. So who is really behind this move. To get the whole AC to vote for it means that PU fisherman are not represented well and that the economic self interests may be controlling the Kenai/Soldotna AC.
So the question. jWhere are the major groups standing on this proposal. Lets hear from KRSA, AOC, KPGA, KAFC, UCIDA, and KPFA on this. Lets put some pressure on them to stand up and be straight with PU fisherman. Lets not let them wait until the BOF meeting and do their work in the back rooms.
KAFC will take a position shortly and I am pretty positive we will not support this proposal - unfortunately one of our directors Scott Miser died suddenly this week at 47 so we need to take that in and deal with it before we meet again.