1. Should Emotion have any influence on how Commercial fishing is managed?
2. Because Grandpa did it this way, should that method continue to be used when better methods have been invented?
3. If Commercial fishing is only a few generations old, should it be considered a heritage?
I say no to #1
No to #2
No to #3
what do you think?
If Max had the power to pull it off, this is how I would change the commercial fishing in the State of Alaska, and the fish that are from Alaska waters.
First I would take an accounting of a 10 year average of every permit holder in the state. Then I would give each permit holder a number of shares in the amount to reflect the average of their permit catch.
this would be just like a stock market Share and would and could be bought and sold.
Then I would pull every permit and outlaw any drift, or set nets in the waters of Alaska.
I would outlaw the commercial sale of any Salmon caught in a Net in the United states.
I would then invest in removable weirs for every substantial river system in Alaska. I mean ( every river with any apprecciable runs ).
Those that want to continue to work in the commercial harvest would then be hired on a hourly basis to operate the weirs.
Those that want to still drive their boats would now become tenders and be positioned as needed at the weirs that are active with fish.
Each weir would be operated in this manner.
Each river would be given a number of desired escapement by the ADF&G and at least one third party company that would also employ fishery scientists to evaluate what would provide a sustained annual harvest.
In this way every river would have the opportunity to have a run, unhampered by drift fleet or set nets wipping out an entire run of say a small stream like Bishop creek or anyother of the thousands of small streams that get hit by the openers now.
Those hired to work at the weirs would count escapement and manage the weir, and help in the vacum process of putting fish on the tenders.
The Fish would be pulled from the weir never using nets so that there would be no damage to the fish in anyway.
Fish would only be tendered as the processor was able to process them with no more than a few hours between taken from the weir until fish were on the floor of the processor.
This would mean that at times fish would have to what for a time at the weir before the call would be made that the processor could actually take them.
The operators of the tenders would then be able to work under contract in the co-op and be paid to tend.
What would this do to the Commercial fishing industry of Alaska?
Change it for the better, because it would use common sense rather than the emotions that dictate its operation now.
The nice thing about the stock holdings would be that a family that wanted to continue to work in the commercial fishing industry could make even more money than ever before, and those that don't want to work in the industry anylonger would still recieve an annual dividend based on the profits of the Co-op.
this is my take.
No more fish sitting for hours and sometimes days dead before processed.
More control of costs.
Oh yeah,, everybody loves those net marks on fish in the fish case.
and yes those of you that have worked in the process business know how poor the quality of fish really is due to the time consuming methods now used and the over handling of fish..
Just walk into any of the processors and take a look at the lack of quality instead of what it could be if it were done in a more efficient manner..
Why not do it More effiecient than having thousands of people spreading out over beaches and in drift boats using up expensive and polluting boats bobbing around in rough seas trying to fish the line.... taking many hours to fill the boat then the boat ride to the proccessor and the hours to unload etc.....
To me, the commercial fishing methods here in Alaska would be considered a joke by anyone that would propose a viable business plan for this industry.
So.. please poke as many holes as you can in these ideas, because from many may come some good ideas rather than the business as usual..
Aren't you embarrassed that Farmed fish would even have a little of the market share, when wild Pacific Salmon is such a far superior fish?
The question is then, " Who's fault is it that Atlantic Farmed Salmon have such a huge part of the share?"Its the prehistoric mentality of the emotional folks in the industry. You could easily wipe out the farmed fish industry if you would all really come together and do it right,,, think about it.. My grandpa used to farm with horses, but one day a tractor showed up and kicked his butt. You guys are still trying to farm with horses, because why?