Keeper News May 30, 2013
ADFG Reduces Razor Clam Limits
On May 28, ADFG announced the bag and possession limits for razor clams taken on the east side of Cook Inlet have been reduced from 60 to 25 clams. Abundance of exploitable razor clams decreased drastically over the last 2 years. According to ADFG: "Assessment of razor clam abundance on the Ninilchik Beach has shown a substantial decline in abundance of exploitable clams. Abundance of exploitable razor clams decreased from approximately 1,500,000 clams in 2011 to about 79,000 clams in 2013. The 2013 abundance is the lowest on record for the Ninilchik Beach based on periodic surveys of razor clams conducted since 1990." Although ADFG says the cause for the decline is unclear, many longtime Alaskans view ever-increasing harvest pressures as a likely culprit.
Let's Go Boating!
All of us here at Cook Inletkeeper are avid boaters, and we know that dealing with fuel, oil and other potential pollutants is part and parcel of enjoying the water with motor boats. Thankfully there are plenty of ways to keep those pollutants out of the water!
Cook Inletkeeper Launches New Ad: Recipe for Disaster
Wild salmon define what it means to be Alaskan. They feed us, they drive our local economies, and they shape our cultures. That’s why Cook Inletkeeper is pressing the Parnell Administration to protect the habitat that supports our wild Alaska salmon runs.
Governor Parnell has promised to "never trade one resource for another." Yet he's systematically unraveling the habitat protections needed to ensure our wild salmon endure for current and future generations.
Once-proud salmon runs in Europe, New England and the Pacific Northwest have fallen to the phenomenon of the "death by a thousand cuts." Today, the Parnell Administration is repeating these basic habitat management mistakes. We can and must do better.
Alaskans want Salmon Recipes, not Recipes for Disaster.
Established in 1995, Cook Inletkeeper is dedicated to protecting Alaska's Cook Inlet watershed and the life it sustains.
Posted: May 31, 2013