No one is willing to say the dreaded word “extinction” but that is what may happen if radical changes aren’t made immediately. Poaching is one area to start now. Many Subsistence fishermen target Kings, even so called environmentalist, and speak about it openly. Stop poaching now.
Article here about recent suggestions to protect the fish.
Haines Watch video about king poaching.
The true cost of mines are terribly high, making them not truly financially viable. The reason that people invest in mines is because they do not pay all the costs. These cost are passed to the governments and environment and the next generation.
Article here about the costs of mines passed to government.
Very interesting article on the true value of this proposed mine.
Find story here.
Second story here.
When you send millions of hatchery fish into an environment you gotta wonder if they will effect the wild fish. How much of the food in the wild do they eat? You also have to ask if they are changed being raised in pens.
Great article here answering these questions and many others.
The story of the Kings in our area continues to be bleak. Government agencies are always shy about putting blame out there. Old school locals say that it used to be thick with kings. You could catch them off the Letnikof dock and get your limits easy. What happened? How about damage to the habitat up the road from logging, mining, and road construction? Poorly managed fisheries and hatcheries play their part ( see up coming article). The next industrial undertaking will certainly cause more financial and environmental damage to our future.
KHNS story about our Kings here.
The average mine company is in business for 11 years. Pay of disappear? Hmmmm.
Article on corporate mine polluters disappearing here.
In a true capitalist system the mining company would pay all the costs and reap all the benefits. Mines are only profitable because the true costs are not paid for by them. Mine companies are true giant government welfare recipients. People get rich and the governments and environment suffer. The future suffers.
Article about the clean up of the mine above Juneau that is polluting the waters there.