Friday, October 18, 2019

Charter Fishing Factsheet by the Numbers

Guided Fishing for Halibut in Alaska:
Charter Fishing Factsheet by the Numbers

Number of Charter Halibut Businesses in Alaska:

  • Southcentral Alaska: 269
  • Southeast Alaska: 227

Estimated Number of Recreational Anglers who enjoyed a trip for halibut in Homer on Charter Fishing Boats this year: 
Thirty-five Thousand.

In 2011, heavy restrictions on charter fishing for halibut were placed these anglers and businesses. On the Kenai Peninsula, the total economic output from the charter fishery to the local economy at that time was $248 million.

In 2015, limited entry, reduced charter fleet size, and lack of fishing opportunity for guided anglers reduced demand for trips, and sapped the economic output to the state’s economy and tax base:

Losses during that period include:
  • $7.3 million less state and local taxes
  • $23 million less wages for employees
  • $26 million less household income

In 2007, anglers took 151,646 trips for halibut in South-central, declining to 107,835 in 2018

Days open to guided halibut fishing were reduced as much as 2 days a week, and less fish were caught per trip on average because of new fishing restrictions: 

  • 2007: 1.7 halibut per angler/trip
  • 2018: 1.25 halibut per angler/trip


SourcesMeasuring economic contributions of the marine recreational charter fishing sector using a resampling approach , pre-publication  by Daniel K. Lew * and Chang K. Seung for NOAA and Final 2017 Sport Halibut Harvest Estimates for Areas 2C and 3A, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

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