Gone Fishin…!

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The internet allows us to stay in touch with friends and family in real-time ways we never could until quite recently. 

  We  use the “Tubes” to share pictures and stories , instant messaging for all kinds of things, youtube to share videos. It’s easy to stay in touch with folks daily , if desired.

But when the fish run it’s time to just hang a GONE FISHIN sign on your monitor for a few weeks . Whether folks are fishing for subsistence or commercially, no one has time to chat, the fish won’t wait!

Vic and hubby have been running both ends against the middle to get their small commercial operation ready . Fish are due any day.

Some prep started weeks ago- permits, ordering supplies, vetting and readying equipment and hiring crew.

Now it’s time for hauling the buoy & anchor out to set the ‘running line’ that the nets hang off

Now it’s time to get crew quarters spiffed up and furnished

And time to welcome the crew!

It’s here!

Going fishin!

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11 Responses to “Gone Fishin…!”

  1. Man_from_Unk Says:

    Yup, you are right pi, “…, the fish won’t wait!” That’s why the Native people use to set up a fish camp away from their villages. At fish camp, they were able to better focus on the salmon runs and be ready to harvest what they needed for survival.

    Good luck fishing.

  2. LakeLucilleLoon Says:

    Good luck. All of us that don’t fish are so happy to have all this nice salmon in the grocery store thanks to our hard working commercial fisherpeople! It’s been a good season so far with fresh headless reds only 5.99/lb. I’ve been filling the freezer a little at a time and have King, Copper River Reds and some halibut for the winter. (I’m a terrible fisherwoman and spend more money on the attempt than I can purchase it at the store; the fishing gene skipped me ;-)

    Best of luck to all of you, commercial and subsistence alike, and stay safe!

  3. the problem child Says:

    Happy fishing to all!

  4. jim Says:

    My family will dipnet for sockeyes in Southcentral Alaska and we will probably achieve our yearly catch.

    However I worry about traditional Yukon River fisheries, from Alaska all the way into Canada. The Yukon River is one of the great rivers of the world, but the Yukon River’s chinook salmon runs have largely run dry.

    I can go to the grocery store and buy chinook salmon for $7.99/ pound, but people who live along the Yukon can’t catch their chinooks as their ancestors could. Something is wrong.

  5. Man_from_Unk Says:

    Yeah jim, I too worry about the Yukon River king salmon. Now, I’m adding the Kuskokwim River king salmon to my worries, and also all thos little rivers on Kodiak Island and those in the Cook Inlet area. The two major rivers of the Western Alaska Coastal area crashing is not good, not good at all.

    Somebody in fish politics saw this crash coming about 25-30 years ago and he, she, they were not honest with the people. As a result, the CDQ program was formed to give the poor people relief for the loss of a cultural and traditional lifestyle. We’re seeing it happen right now. Somebody foresaw it happening then.

    I suspect that when the pollock fishery fleet was Americanized thirty years ago, the Salmon ByCatch

  6. Man_from_Unk Says:

    went unchecked for quite a few years, there must have been millions of Salmon caught and wasted in the 1980’s.

    BTW, I couldn’t write all this in the same frame because I think my blogging is being tracked by someone who knows computers. The frame for words kept jumping up and down. Weird things happen on the screens when I try to write on blogs these days. I know I’m being monitored by NSEDC and their supporters. That’s good because they need to see the poor peoples point of view – those they do not interact with because we are too low on the totem pole. We’re getting robbed by a handful of crooked men.

    Maybe I’m paranoid but those people are ruthless. Even to the point of making threats and writing warning letters. They project their lack of control onto others as if we’re all like them. Selfish, greedy, hateful. It’s very sad.

  7. alaskapi Says:

    Man-
    It is likely that it is the new WordPress commenting box/system which is giving you a hard time here. It has a lot of bugs. Wish we could opt out of it in favor of old comment box :-(
    That being said, do be careful. As you well know there have been concerted efforts to shush criticism of CDQs and some of it has been nasty.
    It pays for folks to keep reminding themselves it is an experimental program which has deep flaws as well as plusses. Until better measures of success can be devised it is important to keep pointing to the problems… carefully.

  8. alaskapi Says:

    Jim-
    There IS something deeply wrong with the salmon fishery on the Yukon, the Kuskokwim, and some others.
    While we celebrate runs in the Bristol Bay area and elsewhere, our neighbors are facing more of the same problems they have had for the last few years.

    http://www.yukonsalmon.com/Teleconferences/2011Week3.June21.pdf

    http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyfisherysalmon.bluesheetsummary#ayk

  9. alaskapi Says:

    Am breaking my comment up too- WordPress comment box is acting hinky.
    Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association
    http://www.yukonsalmon.com/newsletters/spring11.pdf
    continues to be one of the few organizations which tries to address all of the questions and problems surrounding the salmon fishery on the Yukon and it’s tributaries.
    For myself, I have grave questions about the Mag-Stevens Act and the set of problems surrounding managing fisheries within the 3-200 mile limit under federal commerce law without giving more than passing notice to the unusual position salmon occupy in the natural world as anadromous creatures.
    Our federal laws do not really allow for us to consider them beyond their ocean presence and quite poorly even there.
    We do not really have a meaningful way as of yet to measure and respond to human pressure, natural cyclical pressure, etc on salmon beyond escapement goals and drainage habitat restoration /care.

  10. alaskapi Says:

    As I see it, having to adjust so much of our conversation about salmon in the ocean in relation to people catching other fish to make a living limits open consideration of what we are doing overall and pits people against each other economically, which in turn creates new barriers to sorting out remedies.

  11. Man_from_Unk Says:

    Yes, I agree, “We do not really have a meaningful way as of yet to measure and respond to……. beyond escapement goals….”. There is definitely more to consider and manage besides how many salmon are returning to spawn in Alaska’s rivers. The longer we allow the minimal effort to manage as in counting the ever dwindling returns, the bigger the problem will be when management finally decides that the salmon and the livelihood of the people is important enough to help.

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