sport charter halibut fishing in Alaska
January 06, 2010
"The new program will stabilize the guided charter fishing sector, maintain access to the fishery for businesses that participated in recent years, and allow access for others who can obtain transferable permits," said Alaska's Acting Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries, Doug Mecum.
Pacific Halibut Area Boundaries. Regulatory Areas 3A and 2C.
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Sport charter halibut businesses will have to obtain a permit from NOAA to be able to have clients legally catching halibut in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska. NOAA Fisheries will publicize the 60-day permit application period, which likely will begin in early February 2010.
Charter halibut guides will be required to carry their new permit on board starting February 1, 2011.
Under the new program,
Details of the program are being published in the Federal Register and can be viewed at: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sustainablefisheries/halibut/sport.htm.
Unguided or independent sport fishermen and subsistence fishermen are not affected by the new charter halibut limited access program.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission sets harvest levels within regulatory areas along the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and California. In Alaska, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council allocates the harvest between fishing sectors within the Commission's regulatory areas and NOAA Fisheries develops regulations to implement those harvest levels.
The North Pacific Fishery Management
Council and NOAA Fisheries previously reduced the allowed take
of halibut to one per day per charter angler in Southeast Alaska.
The new limited access program for sport charter halibut fishing
operators is another step towards controlling charter halibut
fishing in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska. An
expected next step under development by NOAA Fisheries is to
establish an allocation of halibut between the charter and commercial
fishing sectors and allow fishing quota to flow between the sectors.
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