Retired Biologist Steps Down From KRSMA

Retired State Fisheries Biologist Ken Tarbox has resigned from a Kenai River Special Management Area Board committee amid controversy about the makeup of the board…

 

Tarbox: “Well I don’t think the KRSMA Board at this point in time, or in recent history, has made a commitment to Kenai River habitat protection.”

 

Tarbox said his resignation was effective yesterday, and cited the influence of special interest groups in his reasoning…

 

Tarbox: “Mainly the guide industry has been pushing back against any regulation or action that would change the status quo of the way they operate or the river users operate and that was to the detriment of habitat in the river. There’s been a history of that. It start with erosion issues when the Board was first made, and has continued through the hydrocarbon issue and now recently the turbidity issue. The Board just has lost its mission.”

 

Tarbox says that if the board turns out to be ineffective, it needs to be completely disbanded and established from scratch. But before that could happen…

 

Tarbox: “Do a complete review of the Board’s history, relative to its mission, and the actions its taken or not taken.”

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