Sen. Robin Taylor's statements in a recent letter to the editor suggest he is misinformed on key aspects of the subsistence debate. Contrary to the senator's remarks, if the state were to come into compliance with ANILCA, we would maintain our existing personal-use fisheries.
During the 1980s when the state did manage subsistence fisheries under ANILCA, personal-use fisheries allowed Alaskans to harvest fish for personal consumption, in the non-rural areas.
Sen. Taylor also maintains ANILCA's customary trade provisions spell the end of personal use, recreational, commercial fisheries in Alaska. This statement is simply not credible. If the state were to come into compliance with ANILCA, the Board of Fisheries would establish reasonable limits on customary trade, as they have in the past.
State law does not allow use that could threaten sustained yield of a stock, which is why we do not permit net fisheries for any purpose in streams on the Juneau road system.
Frank Rue, commissionerAlaska Department of Fish and Game
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