By Joseph Robertia
While salmon fuel the commercial fishing industry of the Kenai Peninsula, and sportfishing and personal-use harvesting of fish add to the tourism business of the area, it would be hard to deny that these same fish coveted by so many different user groups also can cause conflict, putting these groups at odds with each other from time to time.
However, the ongoing dune-fencing project at the mouth of the Kasilof River is turning into an example of how those with varied interests can work together toward a common goal of habitat protection. Several fishermen — commercial, sport and personal use — as well as others simply concerned with mitigating damage to their local area, joined forces last week for the betterment of an ecologically sensitive area that is vitally important as an estuary for young fish, migratory birds and other species of wildlife.
“The construction phase has gone marvelously. A great bunch of guys have volunteered to help,” said Brent Johnson, president of the Kasilof Regional Historical Association and a member of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, representing the Kasilof area. Continue reading