After sucessfully getting IFQ's thrown out the commercial interests are not done trying to cram an IFQ system down the publics throat. These are the options so far and both privatize the public resource.
There are only two plans that the stakeholders have on the table right now. Both are IFQ plans.
They are a IFQ proposal and the other is Angler days that are gifted to the
How many times or ways do we need to say NO! The basic moratorium date of DEC.09 2005 needs to stand and there is no reason to gift the resource away.
I hope all interested plan on attending the NPFMC meeting in Anchorage to let the council know what they think of privatizing the Halibut resource. Let them know that all we (the public) want is our two fish a day from May to Sept. and the rest can go to the commercials.
Don't be fooled by the comfish claims of exploding Halibut catches, we caught less fish last year than we did in 2000, and sold 26,898 fewer sport fishing licenses.
Bruce Warner thinks we won't even need a moratorium;
The increasing cost of fuel this summer will beat the Commercial Halibut Industry "to the punch" putting a "moratorium" on charter boats. The Oil Analysts are now predicting fuel prices to approach $4.00 per gallon THIS summer. The Commercial Halibut Industry need NOT WORRY about a "EXPLOSIVE INCREASE" in the number of charter boats. It will be more like who will be the 'LAST MAN STANDING"?
Last year there were 26,898 fewer Alaska Recreational Sport Fishing Licenses purchased than in 2005. It will be interesting to see where that number goes THIS year. Anybody want to hazard a guess? I think that figure indicates a coming trend. The FREE MARKET ECONOMIC FORCES at work will put a "moratorium" on the number of charter boats that can afford to survive in business without the NPFMC getting involved. So, in reality, it doesn't matter whether or not the NPFMC implements a moratorium. The ECONOMY will do it anyway.