Change Alaska's ocean salmon weir

Posted: Thursday, September 24, 2009

For those of you near a computer, go to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Commercial Fisheries Web site and refer to the article "2009 Preliminary Alaska Salmon Catches-Blue Sheet." This particular commercial fisheries forecast shows the salmon catches of Southeast gillnetters, trollers and seiners during a single time period.

My contention is that a massive ocean salmon weir has been established when all of the state's gillnetters, trolling hooks and seines are in the water during the same time period.

Further, the salmon catches-blue sheet shows that seiners and trollers are catching the majority of the returning salmon.

The following is just a suggestion to change the massive ocean fishing weir: Change the commercial fishing regulations so that seiners and trollers will not have their fishing gear in the water while gillnets are in are fishing, and gillnetters will not have their gear in the water while seiners and trollers are fishing.

Everyone will still have the same amount of time to have their fishing gear in the water.

If you think this might be a feasible and more compatible commercial fishing plan, contact your state government and fishery departments to help make this happen.

Bert Bremner


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