I just heard this information on the radio and wanted to pass it on. As an Alaskan Native and resident fisherman these proposals blow my mind.
Information from www.alaskadipnetting.com
UPDATE 02/10/2011:ACTION ALERT:
UCI Board of Fish meeting to take place from February 20th until March 5th,
at the Egan Center, Anchorage.
We need everybody who can break free to give public testimony, which will occur the first three days of the meeting. The comfishers will be out in force and if you don't want them getting the fish that you hope to put into your freezers, you need to show up and tell them to leave our fish alone. Please bring the kids, relatives and friends so they too, can give testimony on how much Alaskans want to be able to put fish in their freezers. All anybody needs to say is please leave our fish alone, we depend on those fish to help feed our families.
A few of the proposals being decided are:
1- No dipnetting from a boat on the Kenai, period. Just imagine how crowded the beaches will become?
2- Cutting back the bag limit from 25, per head of household, and ten per each family member, to ten, per household, per year.
3- Not allow dipnetting until the minimum escapement goal is met, which is about July 17th, not on the 10th of July when we are normally allowed to start dipping in the Kenai or June 25th, on the Kasilof. Can you just imagine how crowded those beaches will become, compared to how crowded they are now?
4- Allow non- residents to dipnet too.
5- Cut back both sport and Personal use to only ten % of the total take of salmon. The comfishers would catch and sell the rest. Both sport and PU fishers would lose half of their take from what we are allowed now.
It sad that 750 commercial permits want 100 % of the resource, not the 85% they get now. How greedy can some people be? 80,000 Alaskans benefit from dipnetting here in UCI, let us not lose this fight over the resource and let the comfishers sell all of "OUR" fish.