Catch-sharing plan bad for Homer
The proposed halibut catch-sharing plan will be tough on Homer. It will hurt many tourism-related businesses, besides just halibut charters.
The proposed rule will result in a one-halibut limit, which will result in fewer fishermen and fewer visitors to Homer. That extra-day stay to fish in Homer will not be as enticing as in the past. That extra-night stay, those extra meals, and that stroll through the shops in town will all be diminished as a result of the one fish limit.
Even though the guided fisherman’s halibut catch has declined by more than 40 percent since 2007, the council says it will take another 30 percent just because it can.
The guided sport fisherman is currently under the federally imposed Guideline Halibut Level that sets step-down levels when resource declines are predicted. Fewer charters, fewer fishermen, smaller fish and the harvest level reductions have all contributed to the declining catch.
Now, the CSP proposes to take even more of a public resource away from the public, for no other reason than to enhance profits of other users. This proposal shows the unjust reasoning at play at the commercially dominated federal fisheries councils.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission has allowed over-harvest and wastage for years, and now they say it is the public’s obligation to pay. All Alaska sport fishermen should be alarmed by the precedent this type of fish grab will set.
We are fighting to keep a two-fish limit for all sport fishermen, not just those who step on to a charter boat. If you lose that fish now, you will never see it again without paying a premium price.
Let’s start here: Check out the www.saveyourbut.com web site for more information.
And write your letters to: Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator Sustainable Fisheries Division, NMFS Alaska Region Attn: Ellen Sebastian, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668. RE: FDMS Docket No. NOAA-NMFS-2011-0180.
President of the Homer Charter Association
Work party successful with team effort
I would like to thank all of the participants in last week’s work party/idea session at Bayview Park. We had a beautiful day for it and “spruced the place up” while discussing the past, present and future of this awesome little park.
I would like to thank those of you who made a special effort to show up, as well as those of you who showed up accidentally, but then stayed and worked and played.
Thank you Center folks for reviving the sandy area around the play equipment. We would have lost steam without you. We have great community-minded people and organizations in this town, and it is great to see people show their appreciation for one of our great places.
Special thanks to Jenny Martin and Bonnie Betley and Best Beginnings Homer for helping to spearhead the efforts to improve Bayview Park. Thank you to the Ashley J. Logan Fund of the Homer Foundation for their support in funding our work party. Thank you Corvus Design of Anchorage for sending down such a great representative, Laura Minski.
We came up with some great ideas, which include an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible path around the perimeter, as well as replacement of the perimeters around the swings and play equipment. (Not to mention a new place of play equipment much like what already is there.)
I hope Homer “stays tuned” to the Bayview Park improvement plan and continues to provide much-needed input and support to see this renovation done. If you haven’t had a picnic in town lately, head on up to Bayview Park and enjoy the views, the soft grass and watch some very happy kids run around and play. It will brighten your day.
And, if you get any more great ideas while you are there, let me know! Thanks Homer!
Playspaces Work Group Leader
Best Beginnings Homer
Grab you Hawaiian garb and ‘uke’ it up
Summer’s warmth inspires a bit of tropical adventure for local arts presenters. Homer Uke enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that Bunnell Street Arts Center and Homer Council on the Arts are collaborating to present an exciting array of ukulele performances and workshops over Labor Day Weekend.
We’ve invited husband- and-wife team, Richard Tom and Mele Fong, teachers and professional entertainers from Maui, Hawaii. This duo comes highly recommended by Marilyn Kirkham and Doug VanPatton of Homer, who studied with them in Hawaii.
Locals and visitors alike will enjoy learning unique ukulele strums in seven hours of class instruction, and attend concerts by the Hawaiian Serenaders, including “Ukulele Tour of the Hawaiian Islands, ” on Aug. 30 at Homer Council on the Arts.
“Ukulele Mixed Plate: Hawaiian, Pop, and Jazz Favorites,” will be offered at Bunnell on Sept. 1. Workshop participants may join in some songs, and Hawaiian attire is suggested. Mele and Richard will be here Aug. 30 to Sept. 1.
Learn more about the group and register for classes, which are open to everyone, at www.UkuleleMeleOnMaui.com. Join us for this celebratory serenade to summer’s splendor. And, if the weather’s gone “south by then,” we’ll need this lift. The arts aren’t just for fun, you know. They’re for mental health, too!
Bunnell Street Arts Center
Giving the ‘thumbs-up’ to whistleblowers
I have the right to know what my government is doing in my name. I have the right to know if war crimes and other bad behavior is being committed by my government. I am a member and citizen and pay taxes in this nation. The government should not deny information from me, they are supposed to be working for me.
My fellow citizens and I do have a right to privacy or secrecy in our personal effects. Thumbs-up to Snowden, Manning, Assange and other whistleblowers who have helped to inform the masses.
In the words of one of our nation’s founders: “When the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”
Those who don’t get this may be getting too much fluoride in their water. (Which may lower the IQ by 20 points).
Rev. Richard Olson
Shallow swimming fun
If I were mayor, I would solemnly declare this, “Support Your Local Live Theatre Week” in Homer, Alaska.
To share in a witty discourse on the constant mystery of human relationships, be sure to take your best friends and/or your sweetie to check out Pier One’s delightful offering of “Swimming in the Shallows.” The performance is offered again this weekend, appropriately enough, out by the Homer Fishing Hole.
A charmingly sophisticated treatise on all sorts of affectionate combinations – straight, gay and other species included – the piece by playwright Adam Bock is disarmingly original in its construction.
The productions is smoothly directed by Marc Oliver and deliciously executed by the six brave and talented local actors who do the honors with this decidedly spot-on material.
Cheers once again to Pier One for challenging our provincialism with sparingly, edgy offerings which speak to universal aspects of the human condition. In this case, that’s who we love, how and why we love them, and what to do about it all, considering out mortal limitations.
Homer should be proud to have such vibrant theatre right here in its own home town. If you dont’ go, you’ll miss some truly great fun.
Carol R. Dee
Wave buoy infroms mariners
We are happy to let the Homer boating community know the Lower Cook Inlet wave buoy is once again up and running.
On Sunday, the ADF&G research vessel “Pandalus,” deployed the buoy during a research cruise under the Gulf Watch Alaska program, funded by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council.
The buoy is currently streaming information on wave height, direction and wave period, as well as water temperature. Please note that the location of the buoy has moved slightly toward the mouth of Kachemak Bay. The shift was an effort to reduce tidalcurrent … we hope it will not break from its tether again. AOOS would like to extend gratitude to Kris Holderied (NOAA Kasitsna Bay Lab), Terry Thompson and Angie Doroff (Kachemak Bay Research Reserve), and the crew of the Pandalus. They volunteered significant time and energy to ensure this important resource is available to the community. If you see these folks in town, please tell them thanks. Data feeds for the buoy can be found here: AOOS Sensor Map CDIP National Data Buoy Center – coming soon. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email AOOS. Happy boating!
Darcy & the AOOS team
Food pantry needs fresh foods, too
The Southern Peninsula is a caring place when it comes to helping our neighbors. As a public health nurse, I am heartened when I visit the food pantry and see the generous outpouring of food that we, as a community, are providing on a weekly basis for those who have a need.
The volunteers at our local food pantry are amazing in their compassionate distribution of these resources. In this season of abundant gardens, I just want to encourage everyone to consider giving fresh produce to the cause, because we know that fresh, whole foods are essential for good health; especially in times of stress, as in homelessness or times of need.
While the leftovers and canned goods are great, many of us have an abundance of healthy fresh produce in our backyards right now. Let’s share the health across our entire community by making healthy choices available to everyone.
Drop-offs are gladly accepted at the Methodist Church on Monday mornings from 9:30-noon.
Public Health Nurse
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