We fish all species of Alaska salmon and halibut and the downturn in Kings is and has been bad. As out of state fishermen (and women), a $100 King stamp on an out of state license is crazy when they don't let you fish for Kings. We did that 5 years ago and now check the closures before we buy the stamps.
I have no problem with Fish and Game cutting the limits to protect the species, but now I check the river and counting station numbers before I buy the stamps.
I wonder how the bi-catch of the big processing ships in the Gulf and the Bering Sea is doing. Is it up, or down too? Nobody seems to want to talk about that. I wonder why? Sport fishing in Alaska brings in a lot of direct funds and is a major tourist draw. Loose the fish, you loose more than just the license fees. Between the loss of the King fishery and the constant pressure from the Feds to cut the sport fishing limit on Halibut, soon it won't be worth while to make the trip up.
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