KRSA Explains Their Position Against Vince Webster

Posted: April 10, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Lobbyists in Juneau represent specific interests, and this week five representational lobbyists from Kenai River Sportfishing Association were successful this week in removing Vince Webster from the Alaska Board of Fish.

 

Ricky Gease is the Executive Director for the charitable non-profit, we asked Mr. Gease why KRSA focused specifically on Webster, when fellow Board Member Tom Kluberton participated in the actions KRSA cited for Webster.

 

Gease: “So there was a series of events where one thing had been talked about in the public process, and another thing, through the use of substitute language, was presented to the Board and played out. So that’s the part we had objected to.”

 

Gease said the problem in RC 88, which you can view here, was that Webster called for the Personal Use fishery to close to king retention before any other fishery took a hit.

 

Gease: “The Task Force was designed to find that best mix of what allowable fishing could occur, but at no time did anybody recommend that the personal use fishery would bear the first hit and nobody else would.”

 

Five of KRSA’s Board Members spent several weeks in Juneau conducting meetings for a quarter of the legislative session.

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2 Comments to “KRSA Explains Their Position Against Vince Webster”

  • kareninnikiski says:

    In the case of personal use, it’s not a trophy for a photo-op, it’s not for sale. Personal use is for an Alaskan to have fish to eat for the winter. With all the sockeye to eat, I haven’t heard of one dip-netter who has minded releasing kings.
    I don’t believe this had anything to do with KRSA’s true reasons for not wanting Mr. Webster.

  • Bill Sullivan says:

    I agree with kareninnikiski. It is probably a given that what comes out of Mr Gease’s mouth will have little to do with the issue at hand, much less be any semblance of truth. Ricky Gease practices a form of self-serving dialogue where, when asked about an action or issue he will respond, but that is all he is apt to do, take up air time. What he spews is not intended to answer questions or provide constructive discourse. More so, his intent is to dilute, confuse, distract, spin, mislead. As we found out with Sarah Palin, our community will be much better served when media quits looking to Ricky Gease or KRSA for anything more than directions to his well kept cesspool. Deny him a platform and soon enough, and well, maybe he’ll run for some public office or something.