Letter to the Editor

A plea for sense Re Alaskan overfishing closes Yukon harvest: There’s no use in getting angry over the salmon fisheries, although it’s…

A plea for sense

Re Alaskan overfishing closes Yukon harvest:

There’s no use in getting angry over the salmon fisheries, although it’s very easy to do … after all, we all knew someday this would happen.

Let’s all keep taking and profiting from Mother Earth and let’s not make an effort to conserve to help her restock the supply we are all guilty of taking.

I enjoy the fish I take and I have big respect of how I treat them. My family might take and eat 11 salmon a year. I let my females go and I wouldn’t keep any if it wasn’t for the roe.

So I too am at fault for taking the odd female, so I can keep fishing, but always in the back of my mind is someday it will end and there will be no fish for any of us Canadians, Alaskans, traditionals…

Then we can all point the finger and say it was someone else who is at fault for all of us letting this get this far.

It should be a simple thing of conserving such a precious resource for our children’s children.

We all have the knowledge of what it takes just to do our small part and yes we all have to make a living but if there’s no stock to fish then there will be many hardships to follow for everyone from the boats in Alaska to the people who depend on the river to supply all of us for the food we were given.

Then what will be next?

The escapement is supposed to be 1,200 kings through the weir every year and the last two years we might have got 400 to 600 fish. The numbers speak for themselves.

 I’d imagine that run will end sometime in the near future. If these fish don’t come through and they don’t spawn no one gets fish and then the stone throwing will begin and probably won’t stop.

So I beg you to please use the brains God gave all of us and think about others and the poor fish that make this incredible journey every year so all of us can enjoy what little there is left.

Maybe lift the nets just for a little while longer and maybe all of us together can make a small difference in how things will play out in all our futures.

Trevor Goodall

Whitehorse

A shameful plunder

The first time I saw the Tatshenshini River was a warm July evening in 2002.

It was an incredible sight: tails and fins of huge chinook salmon rising out of the water as the fish swam upstream, surfacing almost like dolphins.

The only sounds were the river, the wind and the splashing of salmon.

What a difference five years make. While the scenery is still beautiful, there is something missing. Where are the salmon? In the nets of American commercial fishers, I suspect.

When will they learn that fish (and every other natural resource for that matter) are not in infinite supply, nor for the sole use of one country?

I bear no ill will to any individual American. They can’t help they have been raised in an entitlement, “me first” culture.

Any change to this attitude would have to start with much higher levels of government leadership.

This is highly unlikely and probably too late for the salmon.

L. Miller-Goodall

Whitehorse

The real youth

Re Photographer reveals the humanity of youth:

I am happy to see an article in the paper highlighting the beauty, humanity and personality of youth.

Too often we only hear about the negative side of youth activity and it is easy to forget the positive contributions they make to our community.

Youth have a crucial role in society: they are energy, creativity, change, activism and ideas.

It is our role as adults to see the potential within so-called “troubled youth” and help them cultivate the power to be who they are and build the lives they envision.

I applaud Lee Carruthers for displaying real images of youth, ones that don’t polarize and label them as good or bad. Now if only we could do that in real life…

Jo Lukawitski, manager, Bringing Youth Towards Equality Society, Whitehorse

Determination

With the determination of swimmers and parents the Faro Swim Club’s fins may have been weighted down but not totally clipped.

With no local pool program, Tom, the Ross River Pool co-ordinator has been working with Faro Swimmers every Friday since July 6.

Transportation and time comes through volunteer parents with the swim club paying for gas.

Anyone out at Fisheye Lake on Monday and Wednesday evenings may have seen the swimmers using the lake for additional practicing.

The swimmers were not able to participate in the first community meet held in Watson Lake.

However with a $600 recreation grant from the Town of Faro and swim club funds we will be attending the Dawson City community meet to be held the weekend of August 10.

The downside is that we have not been able to take on any new swimmers this year.

It is our hope that upon further review of the 2006 pool report the recommended number of staffing and hours that are required for a successful overall community program are allocated.

Faro can once again be an active participant in the Swim Yukon Program and hopefully host one of the community swim meets in the summer of 2008.

Miriam Smith

Faro