Thursday, December 26, 2019
For the Journal
Wed, 12/18/2019 - 10:25am
"The continued decline of Pacific halibut stocks in Alaska’s waters is putting increasing pressure on the charter fleets in Southcentral and Southeast as they try to attract clients.
Though the International Pacific Halibut Commission has yet to formally decide on catch limits for the various sectors, survey data discussed at the commission’s interim meeting in November indicates that catch limits are likely to go down to keep the stock within acceptable limits in the future. The Gulf of Alaska is down in particular, with fishermen there facing more restrictions in the future to maintain a healthy stock.
"Because the council won’t know what the sector allocations are until the first week of February, when the IPHC will meet in Anchorage, the council recommended a progressive set of recommendations for the charter fleet that become more restrictive as the catch limit goes down.
"In Area 2C, which covers Southeast Alaska, the measures begin with instituting a reverse slot limit with an upper limit fixed at longer than 80 inches and a lower limit increasing until the allocation is reached, and progress to closing some Wednesdays and decreasing the lower size limit until the allocation is reached.
"In Area 3A, which covers the central Gulf of Alaska, the situation is different because there isn’t as much information available to analyze what could be done to decrease the charter fleet harvest. Until more information is available, the council recommended maintaining status quo management measures with the addition of closed Tuesdays throughout the year and reducing the size of the second allowed fish on charter boards from 28 inches to 26 inches or less."
Read More at the Alaska Journal of Commerce
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
The Alaska Charter Association recognizes those businesses that have contributed their valuable support to the effort for the 2020 season.
If you do not see your business on this list, please let us know and we will sign you up:
Every holiday season we renew our memberships and it can sometimes slip your mind when it's time to pitch in and pay your annual dues.
The dues are used to keep track of ongoing regulations, threats to our fisheries, and it helps defray the expense of traveling to the public meetings when you can't make it. Do yourself a favor and be a part of this.
Many lodges also enroll their hired guides and skippers in an Associate membership. It's a great way to keep staff informed of the management issues and add to your contribution to the ACA.
Make sure they're on the ACA mailing list and they will receive every monthly newsletter. It's their fishery too! Many young guides have no idea how Alaska's fisheries are managed and how they can play a role in improving our success. Get 'em started early.
Captain Jimmy Akana
Lost in Alaska Adventures LLC
Anglers Lodge AK
Captain Greg's Charters
Captain Greg's Charters
Saltwater Safari Company
D & G Charters
Kodiak Adventures Lodge
Daniel's Personalized Guide Service
Sportsman's Cove Lodge
Kodiak Island Charters
Bottom Line Charters
Alaska's Boardwalk Lodge
Dakota Ocean Charters LLC
ALASKA GULF COAST EXPEDITIONS
Miller's Landing Inc.
Moore Charters LLC
Hill Norvell Ak Fishing
Doc Warner's Alaska Fishing
Chinook Shores, Inc
Alaska Premier Charters