Okay let's try to keep this relatively civil. This is just my personal opinion...shared by other fishermen but definitely not by guides I know and I am not sure why.
It seems since the fish belong to all Alaskans that anyone making a specific living by using our public resource should be a resident of Alaska. I don't care if he doesn't live here all year but he should be a resident. And I feel this way about guides in any state. Someone who isn't a resident, comes up, uses the resource to make money and then takes it with him out of the state....leaving little benefit to Alaska.
One of my best friends, who is guide and I fished with last week, said that was stupid because "there wouldn't be enough guides for the demand"....geez wouldn't that decrease some guide numbers and make everyone happy. The resident guides might even be able to increase their fees due to demand.
Let me know why my thoughts are so out of touch with reality?????
Let's limit strictly to guide fishing and not drag commercial fishing somehow into the discussion......PLEASE