I know I could be firing up a fine kettle of fish stew with this one.....
BUT, the tone of one of the threads about the L'il Su on the main board really got me thinking.
What is the role of the non-resident guide in providing a much needed and valuable service to the non-boating and/or novice angler who would otherwise be unable to access a particular fishery? Should AK resident guides be given some sort of priority or preference? Should there be caps or other restrictions on the non-resident guide? Does it even matter? Are some guys just blowing smoke on this issue?
Let's try to keep the discussion civil and flesh out the subject matter on principle without resorting to personal attacks or outright slams of the non-resident guides.
I haven't really put much energy into the subject, but it seems to me that commercialized sport-fishing is all about providing better access to the fish resource... the industry provides the talent and technology to put the novice or ill-equipped angler on the local fish.
In that regard, it's similar to how commercial fishermen provide comsumptive access (thru talent and technology) to the fish resource for the non-fishing public.
Is there any precedent in the commercial fishing indusrty that gives preference to resident over non-resident fishermen?
And what about resident commercial fishing/guiding operations who hire non-resident fishermen/guides on a seasonal basis? Does that make any difference?
No answers from this end... just trying to get a feel for the lay of the land.