By Jenny Neyman
At the mouth of the Kasilof River during the summer personal-use setnet and dipnet salmon fisheries, finding something to complain about is easy enough — garbage strewn across the beach; people pitching tents, parking and lighting campfires on private property; and trucks and four-wheelers tearing up the fragile beach grass that holds the ecologically important sand dunes in place.
“I hate to be a complainer,” said Patti Curry, who lives on the north side of the Kasilof River mouth with her husband, Mike. They say they are tired of the trespassing, trash, sanitation, parking and other issues that come with the hordes of fishermen each summer.
“On one side I’m really pissed, we both are, but I don’t want the fishery to close,” Patti Curry said. “I can’t complain about the fishery. We go out and put our 60-foot net in front of the property. I love it. … I think it’s wonderful that the state would give an individual that many fish, or the right to come down and fish. But you know something, there’s got to be some kind of …”
“Regulation?” Mike Curry finished for her. “I mean, unfortunately. We’re regulated out of our pantyhose, but when they push this many people down to a small area, it’s total mayhem.” Continue reading