Edited by Ann Dermody
Leaders of the fishing, boating, and environmental communities recently came together with national and local politicians and fisheries managers to discuss their hopes – and concerns – for the next 20 years of recreational fishing nationwide. The Kenai Classic
Roundtable in Soldotna, Alaska, held in conjunction with
the Kenai Classic fishing event, served as the venue and combined political discussion with fishing for silver salmon on the
Headlining the legislator’s table was Senator Lisa Murkowski
(R-AK), who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and
Natural Resources and co-chairs the Senate Oceans Caucus.
The panel boiled down multiple national issues to three
main problems: a lack of federal involvement, environmental
threats, and a public misconception over the role of recreational anglers. Roundtable participants also
offered specific solutions to improve fisheries and opportunities available to recreational anglers; Reauthorization of the
Magnuson-Stevens Act, new fisheries
management models, improving access
to grow recreational fisheries opportunities, and working with
– instead of against – commercial fishermen were all important
points the panel raised.
The most common theme to arise from the discussion was
a need for unity among the user groups in attendance. And
how did this event attack the problem? By going fishing. After
the Roundtable discussion, participants and legislators spent
two mornings chasing silver salmon in the Kenai Classic.
— LENNY RUDOW
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