Considering fisheries 'management'.
Originally Posted by tvfinak
Start with the Alaska Constitution. The rule of law.
Commercial fisheries (IS resource management) are established by a specific body of law. Protected constitutionally. As are the public's interests and the public's use of fisheries resources.
The commercial sport fish industry; as an industry, does not enjoy constitutional protections. This industry was and is not provided for in resource management mandates. Just as the commercial hunting industry is not constitutionally provided for.
Over the years since our Constitution was ratified by Congress the commercial sport fish industry in Alaska has put together an unsustainable industry. Increasingly, that industry demands their special interests are served through management. Allocation.
The demands of that unsustainable industry puts in conflict the rules that are set out by law to manage the resources for the public interests. Including, the public interest in the commercial fishing industry (tonnage dudes). THAT INDUSTRY (the tonnage dudes) was set out in the constitution, as a separate body of law, to protect the public interest.
The commercial sport fish industry is forcing their special interests (profit) into the heart of the protected relationships. The protected relationship are made up of the public interests and the tonnage dudes interest with respect to the specific fisheries resource management mandates.
This 'need' by the commercial Sport fishing industry to transform the management system to accommodate the demand of the special interest of the commercial sport fish industry has induced chaos into the system of management.
Somehow the Feds get to play in the games too.
A lot of us want to "care less about the strictly political nature and alignments" and might be "only interested in the different thoughts on fisheries management and interpretation of the data and studies as it relates to the fisheries management.".....but it might not be realistic.
A person pretty much has to "pick" a group to align with because management decisions, data, and interpretation of studies are spun at every level.
It seems reasonable to me now that some kind of public use and tonnage dudes coalition might achieve fisheries management mandates best.
OR, a supporting a constitutional amendment that actually provides for the consideration of the demands of the commercial sport fish industry with respect to management.