Charter halibut allocation/compensation - Final Action
Charter Halibut Long-term Solution- Discuss
3A GHL management measures- Final Action.
Time line for Implementation:
Proposed Rule April 08
Comment Period May 08
Final Rule November 08
30-day delay effectiveness late December 08
60 day application period January – February 09
Evidentiary period February – March 09
60-day appeals process and resolution of appeals April - rest of year 09
STAKEHOLDER COMMITTEE MOTION
Staff has been requested to revise certain sections for conformity with other alternatives (not yet completed)
ALTERNATIVE 2. Angler Day Program - Common Pool Allocation
Alternative 1. Angler Day Program with Common Pool Management
• Limited Entry program permits would remain in place with this program.
Alternative 1, Element 1 implements measures to allow market-based reallocation between the
commercial sector and the charter sector using a common pool management regime.
Element 1:1: Holder of Additional Quota Share, Method of Funding and Revenue Stream (How
to increase the initial allocation
A. State of Alaska Common Pool
Bonding (funding source)
Option 1: Charter sportfishing license surcharge (stamps) (revenue source)
Option 2. Business license fee/surcharge or limited entry permit holder
suboption 1. fee is based on number of anglers
suboption 2. fee is based on number of fish
B. Regional Non-Profit Association Common Pool
Loan (funding source)
Self assessment fee (revenue source)
Element 1.2: Method of compensation
Option 1: Willing seller, willing buyer
Option 2: Pro-rata reduction
Suboption 1: one time purchase
Suboption 2: annual leasing
Revenue streams will be for a defined period and end after the loan or bond is paid off, i.e.
continuous open-ended revenue streams are to be avoided.
TABLEDElement 3. Allocation of the common pool is administered by conversion to angler
days. An angler day would be used once fishing starts for the day regardless of whether the
angler catches a fish or not.
Element 4: Restrictions on transferability of commercial quota share by charter sector, with
grandfather clause to exempt current participants in excess of proposed limits
Element 4.1: Total limits on transferability by Area with a common pool allocation
A percentage of the combined commercial and charter catch limit will be available for transfer
Option 1. Limit transferability between sectors to a percent of the commercial quota
share units available by area at time of implementation of the program by area (2C & 3A).
Sub-option 1: 10 percent
Sub-Option 2: 15 percent
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Sub-Option 3: 20 percent
Sub-Option 4: 25 percent
Element 4.2: Annual limits on QS purchase by area by entities purchasing for a common pool:
Option 1. Limited annually to a percentage (30-50%) of the average amount of QS
transferred during the previous five years.
Option 2. No limits to the amount that can be transferred annually
Option 3. Restrictions on vessel class sizes/blocked and unblocked/ blocks above and
below sweep-up levels to leave entry size blocks available for the commercial
market and to leave some larger blocks available for an individual trying to
increase their poundage.
(These options are not intended to be mutually exclusive.)
Element 4.3: (Annual) limits on IFQ leasing by a common pool entity
A. The common pool may only lease 0-15% of IFQs back to the commercial sector.
B. Commercial quota share holders may lease up to 10% of their IFQson an annual basis
to the charter industry.
a. Sub-option: Quota share holders that hold less than 500 lbs to 1,000 lbs may
lease 50-100% of their IFQs to the charter sector.
Element 5: Angler Days, Initial issuance, leasing, transfers
Check that these options match previous committee language
Element 5.1: Percentage-based assignment based on Angler-days1
Initial issuance - award number of angler day units from ADF&G logbooks which
Suboption 1. Total angler-days during 1998-2005
Suboption 2. Average angler-days during best 3 years from 1998 – 2005
Suboption 3. Total angler-days during best 3 years from 1998 – 2005
Suboption 1. Allow transfers, limited to angler day endorsement caps
Suboption 2. Allow unlimited transfers
Suboption 1. Angler days not transferable
Suboption 2. Angler days fully transferable:
1. Permanent: must go through NMFS (RAM division)
2. In-season transfers: allowed between charter businesses
1 Permit endorsement of an angler day for every client fishing bottomfish/halibut in a day
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Element 5.2: Limited Entry Permit Leases (in-season only; reverts to permit holder at beginning of
Option 1. not allowed, except for “unavoidable circumstance”2
Option 2. allowed, limited to use cap and not more than 2 out of 5 years
Element 5.3: Permit use caps, individually and collectively, with grandfather provision
Same as under limited entry program
Issue 6. Communities
Tabled (how many angler days should a CQE moratorium permit holder receive or
should a % of the charter allocation be set aside if necessary for use of CQE moratorium permits
to access as angler days?)
2 Acceptable circumstances will be adjudicated on a case by case basis through the National Marine
Fisheries Appeals Division, but includes medical emergencies, military exemptions, constructive losses. An
individual who was assigned to active military duty during 2004 or 2005 and who qualifies as “active ”
during the year prior to implementation7 and who demonstrated an intent to participate in the charter fishery
in Area 2C or 3A.(prior to the qualifying period) shall be eligible for a moratorium permit.
Program effective February 2010
The committee unanimously passed a motion that the Council request
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Gov. Sarah Palin nominated Alaska fisheries veterans Ed Dersham, Mike Heimbuch and Roland Maw as candidates to fill the North Pacific Fishery Management Council seat vacated by Ed Rasmuson.
Dersham, a longtime charter boat operator in Lower Cook Inlet, served on the Alaska Board of Fisheries for more than eight years, including three years as chair and two years as vice chair. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Oregon and is a retired from a career as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Agency. Dersham is Palin's recommendation for appointment.
Heimbuch, a commercial fisherman from Homer, has fished for halibut, herring, cod, shrimp and salmon around the state since 1963. He has served on a variety of civic and local government commissions, including the fish and game advisory committee and the Prince William Sound Aquaculture Association. He is an active political writer in Alaska newspapers and is currently a member of the Homer City Council. He majored in music and education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Maw, a Kasilof resident, is executive director of United Cook Inlet Drift Association and is co-owner of a charter and salmon research business based in Homer. He has served on the United Fishermen of Alaska's board of directors, on the Kenai Peninsula Fish and Game Advisory Committee and on the Joint Legislative Salmon Task Force Governance Committee. Maw has a doctoral degree in forestry and wildlife management from the University of Alberta.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional councils established by the 1976 Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act, later renamed the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, to oversee management of the nation's marine fisheries.
The council has jurisdiction of more than 900,000 square miles of ocean from 3 to 200 miles off Alaska's shores, and the primary responsibility for managing pollock, cod, halibut, sole and other groundfish.
The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires governors of specific coastal states to provide a minimum of three candidates for each applicable vacancy, from which the Secretary of Commerce makes the final selection.
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