Jul 2, 2009
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, caught this 63-pound king salmon during the 2006 Kenai River Classic, which raised about $800,000 for river conservation. (Office of Sen. Lisa Murkowski/Associated Press)
This comment from John is too important to be buried in the comment section!
Politicians and lobbyists from around the United States wine and dine and go fishing for Kings each year at the Kenai Classic. A couple hours from now (noon Thursday) everyone will be getting their pictures taken with their Kings that they caught on the Kenai River. Usually there are several US Senators, a bunch of State officials and lobbyists. Don Young was this year’s speaker. I guess the Governor isn’t there but I wouldn’t be surprised if Parnell is. From ADN’s article “Don Young to attend Kenai Classic Banquet”:
“The event has long attracted political power brokers from around the country who socialized and trolled for salmon during the annual fundraiser.”
I think it is so ironic that while people on the Yukon aren’t allowed to subsistence fish for Kings and seem to have a lot of difficulty even being heard by their state government, a couple hundred politicians from around the United States and Alaska are getting together, having a great time catching kings, raising funds for Kenai River preservation, and networking among themselves.
From the Kenai River Classic’s Website:
KRSA funds are dedicated to preserving critical spawning and rearing habitat, public education and research. To date, KRSA monies have been approved for a diverse number of projects including the construction of responsible bank fishing demonstration areas for the public; underwriting “Streamwatch,” an educational program in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Alaska State Parks and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and to further ecosystem management research.
Apparently people aren’t an important part of the ecosystem.