By Ron Moyer
January 26, 2008
The board has two options available to them. The four fish annual limit which they are proposing will in reality put the majority of lodges in area 2C (Southeast) out of business within two years. A 50% reduction in our limits will send most anglers to British Columbia or further north in Alaska, anywhere but SE Alaska. Remember this limit only applies to area 2C.
Not many fishermen will pay the same price for half of the fish when they can get twice as much elsewhere at the same cost. Through deceptive wording this restriction was intended to be used only in 2008. As it stands now the only time it can ever be changed is in 2010 if the board chooses to do so. Most experts agree that once implemented it will become permanent law.
This four fish limit would put the guided halibut catch 22% under the ghl or only allow us to catch 78% of the amount that they would like to see caught. Today's article also contains false information about charter catches. The facts are that in 2006 the charter catch in 2C dropped for the first time since 1999. The numbers for 2007 are not completed but ADF&G states that 2007 numbers will be lower than 2006.
The second option that could be used is a 6 fish annual limit. This option is the best option for area 2C. It will still keep us within the desired harvest guidelines and still allow lodges to operate with very little negative impact.
Please support the 6-fish limit
not the 4-fish.
Received January 25, 2008 - Published January 26, 2008
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