The GHL is the issue. It was based on a voluntary angler survey made by the state of Alaska. The angler survey was never intended to be the basis for restricting access to a fishery. The GHL had a built in 25% margin of error that proved to be inadequate. The first year of the actual fish count in the logbook and the GHL was exceeded. The NPFMC pushed the issue by stating that the charter catch will soon surpass the commercial catch and something drastic had to happen to save the fishery. It has been a full assault on charters ever since. Inclusion into IFQ program was not approved by the council for some reason and now the LEP is in effect and the halibut catch sharing plan will be implemented soon to restrict all charters to a one fish limit. And all this after an area 3A catch of 20% less than the GHL for 2009!