Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Alaska Board of fish Proposals!!

Just a heads up on a few proposals that have to do with charter vessels and personal use fisheries.
Proposal #307... Prohibit charter vessel use in the subsistence or personal use fisheries within 30 days of use in guided sport fishery.
Proposal #308... Restrict subsistence and personal use fisheries by lodge or charter operators.
Proposals #309 thru 313 are infringements to some degree on our civil rights as private citizens. Search your vessel without probable cause just because you have a green sticker on your boat or if your fishing clients stay in your guest house they can kick down your door and look in your freezer.
The assault continues on the rights of the guided sport fisherman so make your comments either written or in person in a timely fashion. ADF&G offices have proposal books if you need one.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

A call to action.

The Alaska halibut charter fleet needs your help.

Beginning September 29, 2008 at the Anchorage Alaska, Sheraton Hotel.
On the agenda.
Charter Halibut Catch Sharing Plan: Final Action
Halibut 3A GHL: ADF&G Report and Final Action if necessary (T)

NPFMC meeting... The final halibut allocation for the charter fleet to be set. The amount of fish will determine if we’re fishing under a one-per-day bag limit for the foreseeable future and how much money you might have to spend to buy your way back to a two-per-day bag limit. Be prepared to make phone calls, write letters, and email the decision makers. Attend the meeting.
The NPFMC needs to allocate sufficient fixed poundage of halibut to the charter industry to allow for a two-daily bag limit for the entire May to September season.

January 13-16, 2009. The IPHC will decide how halibut are apportioned throughout the range. Area 2C – Southeast Alaska – has suffered major reductions in harvest opportunity due to a new biological model and the apportionment of halibut based on that mode. The charter industry needs to participate in the IPHC process or there will be a one fish limit statewide.
Attend the IPCH annual meeting. We need your help to afford this fight.
Join or renew your membership with the Homer charter association and make sure your voice is heard in Anchorage and Vancouver, BC. The HCA September meeting date will be established soon so stay in touch.