Individual fishermen are allowed to catch 5 kings.
Guides are allowed to catch unlimited kings.
Is it time to put an annual limit on the fish caught by guides.
Very tough subject.
The guide does not catch the fish but "Greatly enable" their clients to be ale to be successful. A guide can go to the Deska with 5 clients & limit out, with 5 everyday the season is open. Say they make 2 trips a day. that's 10 fish per day. Lets say it is done for a month (30 days), that's 300 fish. Is that a good number to say that after 300 fish, no more guiding by that guide (then can that guide go guide on the Kenai, Lake creek?)
That would be punishing a good guide. Guide outfits could just hire more guides & never quite let any of them max out. Several ways to beat that type of system.
What about a max number guide are allowed to catch on a specific river system. Say the guide are allowed 1000 kings on the Deshka, when guide services have caught their alloted 1000, no more guiding to the Deshka for anyone. The good guide will catch the majority of the 1000 fish allotted.
This is similar to how commercial fishermen (Halibut, crab, herring etc) are regulated, some have a quota & the entire fishery has a max allowed to be caught.
Limit the days guides are allowed to fish to say Tues., Wed & Thur.
(Less crowded for the extended weekends.)
An individual fisherman can catch 5 for the entire year over the Cook Inlet area, & then not allowed to fish for kings anywhere.
Some improvement is definitely needed on this one, IMO
It seems the current system is biased toward commercial fishing 1st, guide outfits 2nd & individual fishermen 3rd. Maybe that's how it should be, maybe not. Is it money spent on lobbying F&G that decide the rules.
How much of the money made by the guides is taxed or retrieved by the State of Ak?? Should a % be??
Same true , how much of the commercial fish caught is taxed by the state??
Should a % be??
I'm taxed $10 before I even catch a king. Only allowed 5. Thats a $2 tax per fish if I catch 5.
40% tax on sports caught kings. None on commercial & guide aided caught kings.