Upper Kenai River fishing guides form a professional association

January 18, 2010 

KENAI -- More than 50 professional Kenai River fishing guides have formed their own association.

The new group, The Upper Kenai River Professional Guide Association, was formed last month.

Association president Robert Gibson said the purpose of the group is to correct problems related to guided fishing on the upper Kenai River, and work to protect one of Alaska's premier rivers.

Gibson said overcrowding on the Upper Kenai is a concern. He said there are several areas where combat fishing-related problems need to be addressed, as well as long lines at boats ramps.

Gibson said the association also will be working with law enforcement to curb illegal activity, such as people guiding their "friends" and camping without permits.

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