These are critical times for our local salmon fishery, Kodiak’s economy and the place we call home! Kodiak’s salmon fishery has been and continues to be managed on local stocks, with built-in mechanisms for incidental harvest of non-local stocks. This has been the case for decades. Additionally, there have been no biological pressures placed on non-local stocks by our salmon management plan. Outside sources may want you and Board of Fisheries members to think otherwise.

Kodiak has a very complex, fine-tuned and functioning salmon management plan. The Board of Fisheries meeting starts Saturday. It is time to remind your friends, neighbors, employers, co-workers and fellow fishers that the stability of our community and our historic salmon fishery is important. All of our community member’s voices should be heard, as it could affect all of us. I hope you can attend Saturday morning at the Convention Center.

Mark Beardsley

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