Both Gary Caputi and Karl Wickstrom blame a supposed decline in recreational landings on the growth of commercial harvesting. The data shows that Alaska was the only area where total commercial landings had increased over the last twenty years, and that increase was due to increased landings of only two species - Alaskan cod and pollock. Accordingly, we prepared the following two charts, one showing Alaskan recreational landings of marine species (in numbers of fish) for 1994 to 2003 (the only available years) from the Alaskan Fish and Game website ( and the other showing the commercial cod and pollock landings from the same years. Contrary to Mr. Caputi's and Mr. Wickstrom's contention, there doesn't seem to be any indication that an increase in commercial harvesting can be related to a decrease in recreational landings.