Who comes up with this stuff?

Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2002

I am of the same opinion as Rob Bosworth in regards to the closure of Glacier Bay. The state has absolute rights to any navigable water within its borders. To force out a handful of fishermen, whose impact on the environment is minimal, to make way for ever more cruise ships, whose impact is obvious, borders on the unbelievable.

This matter will be settled in the high courts and I believe the state will prevail. In the meantime, we are stuck with a "compensation" plan that omits the industry pioneers and buys back interim tanner crab permits that will eventually be surrendered to the state anyway. Who comes up with this stuff?

Instead of the park service rushing to sweep this issue under the rug, they should try to understand the intricacies of the fishing business and the lives that they are impacting, before they act. Getting the obvious things right would go a long ways for the credibility of the park service.

Andy Massey

Juneau



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