Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Recreational Quota Entity - Comment Letter Guidance

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will be making decisions on the best chance we have to regain halibut quota in a fair and equitable manner.

The Council will meet Tuesday, December 6, and continue through Tuesday December 14, 2016 at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W. 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK.

Don’t let this opportunity pass without weighing in with your support.

Comment deadline: Deadline for written comments is 5:00 pm (AST) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016.

Chairman Dan Hull
North Pacific Fishery Management Council
605 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 306
Anchorage, AK 99501-2252

Re: Recreational Quota Entity (RQE)

Dear Chairman Hull,

1. Introduction: Who you are.
Provide information about yourself (name of your business, number of employees, type of clients you have, where you are located, how long have you been in business, etc.).

2. Problems you are having with current halibut regulations.

Have these regulations affected your business and clients? How? Explain it like they are five years old, with specific examples and stories, how these new rules have (or rather, have not) worked for you, your clients and your business:

Area 3A:

a. Annual limits?

b. Weekly closures?

c. 2nd fish “minnow rule”?

d. What about even more restrictions?

Area 2C:

a. Reverse slot limit?

b. One fish?

3. The RQE (Recreational Quota Entity) will provide a market-based, willing seller and willing buyer, tool by which commercial IFQ can be purchased to add to guided angler allocations — thereby decreasing the pain of strict harvest rules during times of low abundance. How will this improve conditions for your business, clients, and the resource? How will more allocation improve the success of your business? And the other businesses dependent on guided anglers in Alaska?

4. Closing.

Thank Council for their work and encourage them to pass the RQE into regulation.


Your Name

1 comment:

  1. Dear Chairman Hull

    My name is Capt. Jim Phillips owner of Ninilchik Saltwater Charters. My company has been fishing the waters of 3A since 1998. We are a small 3 boat eight employee operation based out of Ninilchik,AK.
    I can only imagine how difficult it has been trying to balance the Halibut and Salmon biomass between so many that rely on the fishing industry for their lively hood.
    To try and balance the fair share between so many different situations such as one trip per day per boat, you have boats that can only fish 6 clients and what I call cattle boats which can fish up to 30 clients, which is still one trip per day per boat.I cannot figure out how this is balanced. I would also like for you to consider the boundary for Area 3A, I believe it involves to much area mass and such different fishing methods, I would like to see an Area 3A1 Area3A2 and Area3A3 I am not sure how or where you would draw the lines but I think it would be much easier to manage.You could see where most of the fish were being harvested and concentrate more management in that area. I know NPFMC has their work cut out for them and with so much at stake and so many lively hoods it involves.Because lets face it we are all in the same boat. I hope God will give you the wisdom to keep us all afloat. Thank You for your service

    Capt. James Phillips