• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time
1m 42s

Fishermen weigh in on Kenai debate

By Shannon Ballard 11:17 AM February 2, 2014

Board members will review hundreds of proposals on Kenai River fish management.

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Board of Fisheries is working to resolve some contentious issues in the Upper Cook Inlet, including those related to fishing Kenai River king salmon for sport, commercial and personal use.

Policy changes and new regulations may be on the way. Over the next couple weeks, board members will review hundreds of proposals from different groups.

Sport and commercial fishermen had plenty to say about how the board should manage kings on the Kenai during Saturday’s public testimony. One after another, people presented their desires to the Alaska Board of Fisheries.

Sport fisherman Jim Stubbs fishes the Kenai with his family. He said he worries there won’t be enough stock left when his granddaughter is old enough to join him.

“I want to make sure I can take her fishing, especially for a Kenai king,” he said.

Stubbs encourages others to let their voice be heard.

“I don’t think a person can complain about something unless they’re trying to do something to change it,” he said.

Robert Williams, a set netter, said he hopes new regulations won’t destroy commercial fishing on the Kenai.

“We all share these resources,” Williams said. ”We’re trying to figure out a way where we can harvest the available surplus sockeye and get as many of the kings to the river as we can.”

Over the weeks ahead, the board will review nearly 250 proposals for policy changes or new rules.

The end goal is to manage lower numbers while balancing the needs of various groups.

“It’s not easy,” said board member Orville Huntington. “But in the end, all fishermen want to conserve fish so you always look at that end goal. “

Huntington hopes by the end of this two-week-long meeting, the best decisions will be made.

“The intent is not to make everybody happy but at least let them speak their concerns and their ideas on fixing the problems,” he said.

Public testimony will continue through the weekend, and the board will use testimony during work in committees.

Latest Stories

  • News

    Shell pauses Arctic offshore drilling for high wind, water

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 10:21

    A spokesman for Royal Dutch Shell PLC says he’s not sure when exploratory drilling will resume off Alaska’s northwest coast after high winds and waves shut down operations Wednesday. Curtis Smith says in an email that all critical operations were paused in the Chukchi Sea because of high wind and waves. The Polar Pioneer, a […]

  • Weather

    Daybreak weather, Aug. 28

    by KTVA Weather on Aug 28, 10:03

    Anchorage Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s. Winds NW 10-25 mph, with higher gusts possible. Kenai and Prince William Sound Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s. *A high wind warning is in effect through 10 a.m. Friday for western and northeastern Prince William Sound. This includes Seward, Whittier, […]

  • DayBreak

    Meet Frankie, this week’s Daybreak Adopt-A-Pet

    by Daybreak Staff on Aug 28, 9:17

    From the Anchorage Animal Care and Control Center: You wouldn’t know it now, but when Frankie first came to the shelter he was in rough shape. He had been abandoned inside a trailer for nearly three months, so he was very thin and dehydrated. But shelter staff took care of him for nearly a month: […]

  • Politics

    Fairbanks politicians warned for violating ‘billboard law’

    by Associated Press on Aug 28, 8:06

    Politicians in Fairbanks and the rest of the state are receiving letters warning them to obey the “billboard law” with their campaign signs. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1JBpU4M) that the law prohibits political signs on property along state-maintained roads, which in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are most roads. For a sign to be […]

  • Lifestyle

    79th Alaska State Fair kicks off

    by Shannon Ballard on Aug 28, 7:47

    The Alaska State Fair is a favorite pastime for many people and almost everyone has something they are looking forward to. “I want to get cotton candy,” said 3-year-old Taylyn Sisti Thursday afternoon. As the crowds made their way through the rows of vendors and exhibits, there were a few things they had never seen […]

  • News

    Wildfire burns properties, forces evacuation for Kodiak Island’s Chiniak community

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Aug 28, 6:50

    Updated Friday, Aug. 28 at 11:28 a.m. ANCHORAGE – A wildfire that prompted an evacuation order for the small Kodiak Island community of Chiniak has destroyed a library and other structures, officials say. The fire sparked Thursday about 10 miles southeast of Kodiak, authorities say. Flames, fanned by 60-mph winds, engulfed 4 miles of trees […]

  • Sports

    Knowing the way: T-Birds look for 3-0

    by Dave Goldman on Aug 27, 23:08

    A GPS? Not for East High. At least not yet. The T-Birds have shown a strong sense of direction two weeks into the high school football season. After winning just twice in two years, they’re 2-and-0 heading into this weekend’s game at Bartlett. But they’ve also found themselves in an unfamiliar place — the polls. They sit at number […]

  • Politics

    Judge to make initial ruling on Alaska Legislature’s Medicaid lawsuit

    by Daniella Rivera on Aug 27, 22:50

    On Friday, Alaskan will learn if Gov. Bill Walker’s Medicaid expansion will roll out as planned on Sep. 1. The State Legislature is suing his administration, saying it’s unconstitutional for him to expand Medicaid on his own. The expansion would provide healthcare for up to 40,000 low-income Alaskans. On Thursday, attorneys representing the Legislature asked […]