Its time for fair treatment by the NPFMC of the charter halibut fishing fleet. Hundreds of established businesses and thousands of employees are at risk of losing there jobs because of the current management councils actions. The halibut IFQ system is the proven management tool for conservation of the resource and maintaining a viable businesses climate that depends on that healthy fish population. Inclusion into the IFQ management system is the only equitable solution to the halibut allocation issue.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Posted by Flatfish at 7:40 PM
Well maintained 50' Delta charter boat available after summer 2010 season w/ 20-seat halibut permit.
Posted by Flatfish at 7:36 PM
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Sunday, May 2, 2010
The Council recommended an amendment to the charter halibut
limited entry (moratorium) program to revise the approach used to
assign angler endorsements to charter halibut permits held by
businesses that receive more than one permit in Area 2C or Area 3A.
The effect of the action is to more closely align angler endorsements
with the distribution of highest client loads for vessels used by
qualifying applicants. The Council selected Alternative 2, Option 3 for
businesses that would be issued multiple permits. One permit would
be issued to a business with an endorsement equal to the greatest
number of charter vessel anglers onboard any vessel used by the
business to generate a permit as reported to ADF&G on any bottom
fish logbook trip in 2004 or 2005, but not less than 4. Each
subsequent permit issued to the same business would be issued with
an endorsement equal to the next greatest number of charter vessel
anglers onboard any other vessel used by the business to generate a
permit, whose catch history has not already been used by the
business to determine an angler endorsement, as reported to ADF&G
on any trip in 2004 or 2005, until all permits are issued. The Council
deleted the following language from its original motion for analysis,
“The year selected for determining angler endorsements must be the
year selected by the applicant for permit qualification.” The effect of
the action is to reduce the number of permit endorsements by
approximately 400 in both areas. The Council intended that this
amendment be implemented in regulation prior to issuance of charter
halibut permits to businesses that would be issued multiple permits.
The Council also initiated a discussion paper to amend the charter
halibut permit program to promulgate regulations to prohibit leasing of
charter halibut permits. The Council noted that its highest priority for
staff tasking remains implementation of the halibut catch share plan
that was adopted by the Council in October 2008. The Council’s next
priorities would be two commercial IFQ analyses initiated in February
2010. Four commercial IFQ discussion papers were also initiated in
February. The priority of the discussion papers will be identified in the
future by the Council. Contact Jane DiCosimo for more information
Posted by Flatfish at 9:43 AM
Motion: Initiate discussion paper of the following elements and options regarding leasing of
Halibut Charter Permits.
Problem Statement: Leasing of Halibut Charter Permits could substantially change the character and
current primary business practice of the halibut charter fleet and could enable increased acquisition of
halibut charter permits by individuals that do not have an investment in the fishery. In addition, leasing
provisions are likely to decrease the sale and transfer of permits from existing permit holders and may
inhibit entry level opportunities for new halibut charter operators as well as increase the price of entry.
Alternative 1: Status Quo
Alternative 2: Limit Leasing of Halibut Charter Permits
Option 1: Halibut charter permit holders that use their permit onboard a vessel that is identified
on an ADF&G saltwater logbook must own at least 20 – 51% interest in the vessel.
Sub option: 12 month rule applies
Option 2: Halibut charter permit holders that use their permit onboard a vessel that is identified
on an ADF&G saltwater logbook must log at least 1‐5 halibut charter trips in the
logbook. For businesses owning halibut charter permits, an individual with a minimum
ownership interest of 10‐33% must log the minimum number of trips.
Sub option: Log at least 3‐10% of the trips in the logbook
Sub option: Apply only to logbooks that have at least 10‐20 trips recorded.
Option 3: Halibut charter permit holders that use their permit onboard a vessel that is identified
on an ADF&G saltwater logbook are limited to requesting 2‐3 saltwater logbooks for
unique vessels in a 12 month period and no more than 2‐3 unique vessels in a 60
Option 4: Halibut charter permit holders that use their permit onboard a vessel that is identified
on an ADF&G saltwater logbook are required to be present either at the point of
departure or at the point of return for the charter trip. For businesses owning halibut
charter permits, an individual with a minimum ownership interest of 10%‐33% must be
present at either the point of departure or at the point of return for the charter trip.
Alternative 3: Halibut charter permit holders or an employee of a halibut charter permit holder that
uses their permit onboard a vessel that is identified on an ADF&G saltwater logbook
must be aboard the vessel when their permit is being used. For businesses owning
halibut charter permits, an individual with a minimum ownership interest of 10‐33%
must be aboard the vessel.
Upon the halibut charter permit holder’s request for the issuance of or transfer of a halibut charter
permit, or the charter permit holder's request for change of use of the permit to a unique vessel when
requesting an ADF&G saltwater logbook, the permit owner is required to sign a sworn affidavit that the
permit will not be leased and that the individual or entity does not expect to receive economic
compensation from “leased” use of the permit.
Posted by Flatfish at 9:28 AM
Friday, January 29, 2010
Area 2A — 810,000 pounds (760,000 pounds)
Area 2B — 7.5 million pounds (6.59 million pounds)
Area 2C — 4.4 million pounds (3.71 million pounds)
Area 3A — 19.99 million pounds (19.99 million pounds)
Area 3B — 9.9 million pounds (9.9 million pounds)
Area 4A — 2.33 million pounds (2.33 million pounds)
Area 4B — 2.16 million pounds (2.16 million pounds)
Area 4CDE — 3.58 million pounds (3.58 million pounds)
TOTAL — 50.67 million pounds (49.02 million pounds)
Posted by Flatfish at 4:18 PM
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Sport charter halibut fishing operators in Southeast Alaska and the central Gulf of Alaska must apply for a permit to operate in the new limited license program between February 4 and April 5, 2010.
Posted by Flatfish at 6:38 PM
Monday, January 4, 2010
Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: NMFS issues regulations creating a limited access system for charter vessels in the guided sport fishery for Pacific halibut in waters of International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska).
Posted by Flatfish at 7:30 PM