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Rich get Richer
Posted by shawn on Nov 25 2005
Below facts are straight from NOAA web site.

Charter IFQs the Truth,

Since the introduction of IFQ for the Commercial Fisheries was introduced in 1995 it has risen 65 percent. Total number of commercial boats in 1995 was 7,030 with a quota of 37.4 million pounds. Today that number is 6,690 boats and a total catch of 56.9 million pounds. Instead of bringing more boats and jobs into the industry by spreading that extra 20 million pounds to new owners, it was divided up amongst people that already have quotas.  Basically the rich get richer.

People clam that the charter industry is taking away from the commercial industry by the sport catch getting 4.5 million pounds allowed. As you can see this is bunk, not only is sport caught fish less than 8 percent of the commercial quota but it is less then a third of the by catch quota of 14.5 million pounds.

If allowed to pass, the charter IFQ will go the same way as the commercial quota. Captains that qualify for quotas will be given 70 percent of there overall recorded harvest levels. Those Captains will eventually reach the 100 percent and beyond with no other people allowed to enter the fishery without having to purchase the quotas at an estimate of twenty dollars a pound..

The reason this plan has been tabled for so long, is that it is wrong. The council at the time was comprised of people that had everything to gain by it passing. Most everyone would be given a quota as charter operators or they already had quotas as long liners. Thats the truth about charter IFQs.

Shawn Gornall

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