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    NOAA NEWS RELEASE:
    April 5, 2011

    NOAA issues interpretive rule to clarify charter halibut limited access program

    Juneau, AK — Charter halibut guides operating in Southeast Alaska (Area 2C) and the Central Gulf of Alaska (Area 3A) will not be required to have a charter halibut permit on board during a recreational halibut fishing trip if the guide is not being compensated to provide sport fishing assistance to the anglers on board.

    NOAA Fisheries today issued a clarification to a provision in the Charter Halibut Limited Access program.

    With the publication of the interpretive rule in the Federal Register, a charter halibut permit is only required to be on board a vessel in Area 2C and Area 3A if both of the following conditions are met: (1) one or more persons on board are catching and retaining halibut, and (2) a guide on board the vessel is receiving compensation to provide sport fishing guide services.

    For example, under this rule, a guide would not need a charter halibut permit to take family or friends on a recreational fishing trip if the guide does not receive compensation.

    NOAA Fisheries recognizes that compensation for assistance is not limited to exchanges of money and can include a trade of goods or services in exchange for taking someone fishing. NOAA Fisheries will consider the specific circumstances of a fishing trip to determine if a person is providing sport fishing guide services for compensation.

    NOAA Fisheries has updated the small entity compliance guide for the charter halibut limited access program to reflect this interpretation of the regulations. The guide is on the NOAA Fisheries web site at: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sust...harter/faq.pdf

    NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. Visit us at http://www.noaa.gov or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov.

    To learn more about NOAA Fisheries in Alaska, visit alaskafisheries.noaa.gov or www.afsc.noaa.gov <http://www.afsc.noaa.gov> .


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    Thanx for that cliffhanger!

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    OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!! Its about time there is some common sense applied to the law!

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    This is the way it should be
    Responsible Conservation > Political Allocation

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoose35 View Post
    This is the way it should be
    with that being said, I hope the enforce the rules aggressively and come down very hard on those who feel the need to bend or break the rules
    Responsible Conservation > Political Allocation

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    with the money they are gonna spend on lawyers they could just quit complaining and buy a permit...

    here's a link so you don't even have to look for it, http://www.alaskaboat.com/permitpage.php
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    with the money they are gonna spend on lawyers they could just quit complaining and buy a permit...

    here's a link so you don't even have to look for it, http://www.alaskaboat.com/permitpage.php
    I'm not going to even attempt to explain this to you. I suggest that you reread everything you thought you knew about this so you can make comments that are actually relevant to the subject.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    with the money they are gonna spend on lawyers they could just quit complaining and buy a permit...

    here's a link so you don't even have to look for it, http://www.alaskaboat.com/permitpage.php
    The subject has nothing to do with the lawsuit. The Feds finally did the right thing here in respect to how a guide gets to use his boat on his own personal time with his friends and family.

    But maybe that's too subtle a point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak_powder_monkey View Post
    with the money they are gonna spend on lawyers they could just quit complaining and buy a permit...

    here's a link so you don't even have to look for it, http://www.alaskaboat.com/permitpage.php



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