I'm thinking a proposal is needed to further protect halibut in SE AK, and continue the rebound. Probably not an issue in SC yet... but when limits get cut, it will be.
This is what I'm seeing:
I'm starting to see an increase in "private" boats out there, fishing almost daily, with different groups of guys. I'm also seeing private "lodges" that one person owns, that aren't registered guides, that basically runs "charters" for friends and business associates all summer long. (tax write off?) I'm not not going to speculate on how legal these boats are. Law enforcement is aware of them, as some of them have been around for awhile.
As these type of boats increase, where does that leave our halibut? Night/Day difference between non-charter and charter limits here in SE. We have a really good thing going right now in SE. Halibut are coming back.. average size is increasing, breeders are being let go on the charters, it's hard to go yellow eye/ling fishing without hooking a 100lb hali, etc.
So I'm thinking that a proposal is needed to put non-residents, who are not the registered boat owner, and who are a relative of the registered boat owner, (2nd degree kindred) under the same limits as the charters.