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The Power of Organization
Posted by AlaskanAuthor on Jul 31 2004
I hear what you say and understand what you mean. As near as I have determined, the commercial fisherman is organized; both within his own organization and his own lobbist hired to represent that organization.
Legislative change takes more than outcry. It takes numbers and organization.It takes proactive thinking and a clear vison to look down the road. It requires committment, time, and an exchange of ideas. It calls upon leadership and experience. It lets all who wish to be heard, to be heard. It our American way.
If there is an association of sports fisherman in AK point me to it. If not, let me assist with anyone concerned to help organize it.
Granted, I am not local. But I am from the Lower 48, a section of the USA whose fishing applicants outnumber the resident Alaskan fisherman by a 2:1 ratio. (and even that is an older statistic)
I am willing to assist in any way that I can to help the Alaskan sports fisherman. When our busy summer is over, let's talk. Believe me, there is power in numbers. Sports fisherman by far outnumber the commercial fisherman in licensure. There are many of us; many more than you could ever imagine.
Both types of fishermen are important; commercial and sportsman. All of us deserve to be heard...
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