On July 31, commercial fishing boats intercepted 40,000 coho salmon headed to Valley rivers and streams. Many, including myself, wrote our elected officials to share our concern with such a large harvest while Valley streams sit nearly void of coho salmon.
I received a reply from my state senator, Shelley Hughes, from District F. Sen. Hughes voted no on the reappointment of BOF Chair John Jensen, supports the Conservation Corridor, and expressed her concern about the July 31 harvest of 40,000 coho salmon in this August 4th letter to BOF and ADF&G Commissioner Sam Cotton.
I suggest reading Medred and Couch’s thoughts on the July 31 harvest (links below) and follow up with a letter to your state senator and representatives. Their contact information can be found here.
Mat-Su Coho Struggle by Craig Medred
If you’re not pissed off yet, check this out. Today at 1:30pm, ADF&G issued an emergency order prohibiting sport anglers from using bait on the Little Su because “Recent daily weir counts are well below average.”