Letter: Reject fish proposals

February 8, 2014 

I am dismayed that most proposals to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Fishing Committee were submitted by one commercial fisherman. The proposals have nothing to do with protecting the Kenai kings or promoting a sustainable fish yield, rather they specifically target the reduction and elimination of the dipnet and setnet personal use fishery.

These proposals are in direct opposition to the maximum benefit clause of the Alaska Constitution, Article 8, Section 2 and the subsequent 1986 personal use fishery statute. This statutory intent is to maintain a “fair and reasonable” opportunity for sport, commercial and personal-use fishing.”

I respectfully solicit the Board of Fisheries to REJECT all proposals submitted by commercial fishing representatives that reduce the fair opportunity for thousands of Alaskans to fish and feed their families.

— Michael Powell


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