Just got an e-mail from AOC, concerning Commercial fishing home packs and the numbers of sockeyes retained statewide, per permit. I was surprised to find the average fish take was @ 80 sockeye. Remember, this is per permit. 2005 through 2009, per fish and Game.
It is written in state statute that comfishers can take fish home but it must be recorded on fish tickets. There are also NO set amounts that a comfisher can take. That said, I don't wish comfishers ill but next time I hear screaming from a commercial fishermen that dipnetters take too many fish, or we see proposals to cut back permit limits, just try to remember this little fact.
Another point I would like to make is at the last BOF meeting, there was a proposal to allow charter boat crews the ability to retain fish while fishing with clients. That did not pass as far as I have heard anyway.
My question is why are comfishers allowed to retain fish, for personal use, while commercial fishing but Charter boat operators are not? As far as I am concerned they are both commercial entities making money off the resource. Just does not seem fair in my eyes.
Anyone care to comment?
It also seems like this might have to be moved to the management thread since I am hop-sketching around on different fishery issues.
Brian M. ?