Essay about Fish And Game : Salmon Vs. Salmon

1993 Words Nov 14th, 2016 8 Pages
Over the last few decades, populations of Chinook – or King – Salmon have dropped to all time lows in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. Three years ago the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) significantly tightened their restrictions on King Salmon fishing in general and particularly a type of fishing called setnetting (where fishermen employ large nets to catch massive quantities of fish). Since then the King Salmon numbers have been slowly rising to 24,000 fish last season and projections for this year hover around 30,000 Kings expected. The article from the Alaska Journal of Commerce entitled “Larger Expected King Run Loosens Restrictions on Setnets, Drifters” reports that due to these recently optimistic projections, the ADFG will allow setnetters “to operate with an additional 84 hours of fishing each week” as well as increase the length of the fishing season (Earl). These changes are just a few of many more lenient policies enacted this year to include further expanded hours of setnet fishing in mid-July, at the peak of the King Salmon season. Over the next few pages I plan to provide some historical, scientific context about the issue and subsequently rebut the aforementioned changes in policy, arguing against these lightened restrictions as they are unnecessary due to alternative methods of fishing, as well as irresponsible with regard to the King Salmon populations as they pertain to Alaska’s native and non-native cultures.
Setnetting is a type of salmon…

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