For Immediate Release: SOLDOTNA, June 6, 2018- Today, Kenai River Sportfishing Association (KRSA) decided to withdraw from the Cook Inlet Salmon Advisory Task Force (CISA). The task force was created by Governor Walker, and members of the task force are chosen by him to identify and address fishery issues in Cook Inlet.
KRSA has participated in two introductory meetings to date with other representatives from user groups of Upper Cook Inlet.
The creation and purpose of the Cook Inlet Salmon Advisory Task Force does not follow the customary public process in which fishery conservation and allocation proposals are presented for consideration to the Legislature-confirmed Alaska Board of Fisheries.
“The CISA Task Force efforts could supersede this established process,” said Ricky Gease, KRSA Executive Director. “As KRSA is a nonprofit and non-partisan organization, we feel that the task force does not yet have a clear vision, problem statement or stated objectives, and we have concerns that any outcomes could be viewed as being political. The best course of action for us now is to withdraw from this process. Perhaps if there is another task force impaneled through the Alaska Board of Fisheries next year, we will consider participation at that time.”