Proposal 166 eliminates the requirment of having a sport fish license to fish in the personal use fishery. The justification given in the proposal book is not correct as it was prepared prior to a ruling by legal. However, it is still a valid proposal and needs support of the dip net community.
Here is some reasons why it should pass.
1. The cost of a sport fish license has fees associated with it for paying off two hatcheries which do not support the personal use fishery. Sport fishing by law is not personal use fishing.
2. A family of 4 with two teenage kids who are 16 would be required to have 4 sport fish licenses for a total of nearly 100 dollars. Fish and Wildlife protection has ruled that a sport fish license is required to participate in the fishery even if it is a household permit. This is very costly to families for a fishery that was suppose to replace subsistence fishing (this is replacement has been stated in court by the State).
3 Personal use fishing is not sport fishing by definition.
4. Money for a sport fish license is not going back to the personal use fishery management in proportion to the users. ADF&G puts very little money into PU infrastructure and management.
5. Removal of the sport fish license will allow a bill to be introduced into the legislature to have a pu fee that is tracked and can be used for pu infrastructure and management. It is the intent of the proposer of this regualtion change to talk to representative about a 60/40 split of pu fees. For example, on the Kenai 60% would go to the city of Kenai and KPB and 40 to ADF&G for management. While funds cannot be dedicated intent language can set the stage for this to open in the annual budget process. The division of funds for other pu areas is part of the process. So in the example above the amount allocated to the Kenai fisheries would be split this way.
6. There are other ways to prove you are a resident. An alaska drivers license, permanent fund check, Alaska id card, and the list goes on. These are the same proofs used to get the sport fish license. Therefore one does not need the sport fish license. If you lie to get a pu permit you are probably going to lie to get a resident sport fish license.
7 Money and impacts on ADF&G are not allowed to be discussed at the BOF meeting. The BOF cannot set fees or their distribution. They can only set permit requirments for proof of residency or harvest tracking. Therefore, a sport fish license is not to be required to meet these goals.
So I hope people write to the BOF with comments supporting this proposal and that organizations do the same.