Starting June 5th 2009 the limit is one Halibut per person on charter boats in area 2C, With a max number of lines on any charter boat of six......Or one line per angler, The law suit is on the way.
The door is opened. What is now written in stone, in southeast. Ken
This is a type of discrimination against private fisherman who have to use a charter. If there is a problem (I'mm not debating if there is or the cause), we need to control the growth of the charter industry instead of punishing the fisherman. I cannot afford a boat so I go with a charter. Suddenly I' another class of fisherman. If I could afford a boat, then I get 2, since I can't and charter once a year (3 of us) I get 1.
The truth is, even State and Federal managers separate the two classes of sport fishermen accordingly. And rightfully so. Private sport fishermen are non-commercial sport fishermen who do not use the commercial charter industry or engage in commerce with the commercial sport fishing industry to get their fish. They do not have commercial-type impacts to the resource. On the other hand, charter sport fishermen are commercial sport fishermen, who do use the commercial charter industry, and who do engage in commerce with the commercial sport fishing industry to get their fish. Their impact to the resource is on a commercial-type scale. There is no justification for charter and private sport fishermen to be treated the same.Bill S said:This is a type of discrimination against private fisherman who have to use a charter.
We all have the same, equal opportunities to fish. You've simply chosen the opportunity to use the commercial sport fishing industry...Maybe because it's easier or cheaper than owning your own boat. I don't know, but it doesn't really matter. What matters is that by making your own choice you become subject to the conditions of the charter industry, not the private fishing industry. If you want 2 fish, you always have the same opportunity as the rest of us to sport fish non-commercially.Bill S said:I cannot afford a boat so I go with a charter. Suddenly I' another class of fisherman. If I could afford a boat, then I get 2, since I can't and charter once a year (3 of us) I get 1.
I disagree. The one fish limit on charters is good for the private, non-commercial sport fishermen, and it will help him retain his current two fish limit. After all, according to the ADF&G data, the commercial charters take about 60-70% of the total sport catch. FYI, information from the department of commerce shows that about 95% of 2C harvest (where the one fish limit is being instituted) is by non-Alaskans. And for what it's worth, the commercial fishermen are simply fighting to keep the allocations that they have already been given under the law. It is their fishery that has sacrificed and been under fire by the unlimited and uncontrolled charter industry for so long, as evidenced in these threads.Captain T said:Its only a matter of time before the commercial Halibut fishermen push for a one fish limit for all sport fishermen, They're taking it one step at a time, Thats why all sport fishermen need to help in the fight now or a one fish limit for all sectors of the sport fishing community is coming soon.
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