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Posted by shawn on Mar 20 2005
Well do what I've been doing. Call Murkowski (senator and gov.) and voice your opinion. I've even went as far as sending letters to the Secretary of Commerce, Bill O'Reilly (fox news) and all other Congress people and senators.
Join org. like IGFA, NACO, RFA. From what I've heard from these people a law suite will go in as soon as it's passed.
What kill me about this is how it's going to be run. Below are a little facts about IFQ's.
1995 Commercial IFQ was introduced. Qualifying factor was a ten-year program from 1980-90. Reason for implementation short derby type seasons, poor weather conditions and lost of life at sea. None of these are factors for charter operators.
People may sell IFQ for the current going rate of 15-20 dollars a pound. Remember these IFQ were given to the Captains for filling out logbooks for ten years.
1993 Council does study on charter fleet growth
1997 Council suggests Guideline Harvest Levels
2000 Council approves GHL program
2001 Council approves IFQ program for charter fleet
2002 State indicted concern with accuracy of log books and recommends discontinued use
2003 Council reviews log books adequacy
2003 NMFS contracts new reporting system
2003 NMFS introduces halibut subsistence at 20 fish per household a day. This is currently in review to minimize numbers down to five a day.
2004 NMFS begins proposal of new rule
If imposed the charter fleet will be selected by those that participated in the survey from 98-99.
Charter operators only had two years of study while commercial had 10 years
During the 97-98 years Alaska showed concerns with log book data but NMFS continued with IFQ program
Currently numbers show a steady decline in charter numbers across the state
If adopted, charter operators look to gain around 200,000 – 500,000 dollars for personal IFQ. Remember all log book data was on the honor system
Today halibut numbers in pounds are:
o Charter/Sport fish = 7million
o Commercial = 47million
o By Catch = 17million (by catch are fish that are caught incidentally and thrown overboard dead or alive)
Since the introduction of IFQ for commercial fisheries allocated numbers have risen 63%. All of this, going to current holders. Rich get Richer
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