I'm presenting this idea to you on this forum since I technically am not an Alaskan citizen, though I am an Alaskan property owner...and thus have a stake in the Alaskan fisheries...okay, onto the subject at hand:
My Dad came up with this idea last year after witnessing multiple violations from various German, Swiss, and French fishermen. Please understand that I am not a rascist or bigot, and for stating this idea I am ready to be called every name in the book and run out of this forum forever, since my idea is probably not "politically correct". That is the price I may pay, and I am willing to do so. And I acknowlegde that plenty of Americans violate the rules on a consistent basis. Although, in my 14+ years of combat fishing experience, I've never seen a group (stereotype coming soon) of fishermen that violate the fishing laws like the Germans, Swiss, and French typically do. Vast overlimits, possession violations, and snagging/keeping seem to be the most prevelant issues that occur with these folks. Not to mention that a lot of these folks are selling their catch back in Europe, which I believe is against the law for the rest of us to do.
Anyways, my Dad's idea was that any foreigner that is issued a game violation would not be allowed back into the state to fish/hunt ever again, period. Whether their name/passport goes on a list and they are denied a license or denied entry into the state/country, somehow they should be penalized with a meaningful penalty to discourage them and others from willful violations. Now, I know that this may seem harsh to many, and some of you will get all excited because it would be unfair, since Americans just get a ticket and can go back to fishing the next day....blah blah blah. Certainly, I feel that Americans should also face some sort of penalty, but from my experience the foreign groups that I mentioned at times seem almost to operate in a clandestine effort to rob the Alaskan fisheries. I've have many of them confide to me that they receive a substantial price (somewhere around $100+/plate...euros maybe?) for their fillets back in European Restuarants.
Thus, my Dad's idea was for a grassroots campaign to contact Alaskan Senators and Congressman to lobby for the idea of blacklisting foreign fish and game violators. Sorry for the longwinded lead-up to a simple idea.
Okay, let the games begin.