The Alaska Halibut Equation
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#1 Feb 10, 2007
I bring a friendly group of fishermen to Yakutat every year, and we enjoy the halibut fishing with the local charter captain. I have found Yakutat and Alaska to be truly the fisherman's paradise we all dream of as kids! In fact, we are kids again every year upon our return to Alaska! We aren't half-way back to the lower 48 (California) before we are planning our next trip. The reduction of a daily halibut limit to (1) fish will start to change the minds of many travelers that enjoy bringing home this fantastic fish to enjoy throughout the year. And, I can only imagine how much damage would be caused to the local charter captains and coastal communities as our numbers will surely drop if the trend continues; king salmon numbers have been bleak for non-residents, ling-cod slot limits are a pain / although maybe they are a good idea if applied across the board, and now a reduction in halibut daily limit. There is only so much we can take before we will have to start thinking of other trips. The hard-core die-hard like myself will not be eliminated, but the new fishermen will be difficult to convince that the $3,000 trip is worth every penny!!!
#2 Feb 10, 2007
the commericail fisherman need to cut back the disparity in catch is enormous.
Or, if the halibut truly are in that precarious of a condition how about an across the board moratorium on ALL halibut fishing?
I am realitively unafected having my own boat and not being dependant on the charters, but there are a lot of AK residents that get thier halibut via charter service.
Since: Feb 07
#3 Feb 11, 2007
Why would a limit of one fish for only 2 weeks be effective? Is this not the camel getting his nose under the tent? 4 weeks next year? And why would all that local Alaska money being shifted to the commercial interests based in Seattle be in the best interest of Alaska? This really stinks. How about making the 2 weeks for south central go into effect in October? Oh yes-no tourists or charters to screw!
#4 Apr 3, 2007
I visit Yakutat annually, every time I cook up some of the tasty Halibut from the previous year I remember the trip and it motivates me to start planning the next. We as nonresidents not only pay premium prices for every aspect of our visit, we are faced by already tight limits on sport caught fish. Ling Cod slot limits, 3-4 Kings/year (1/day), and now the proposed 50% cut in Halibut limits. The charter boat captains will surly suffer a loss in business as we start to look at South America as not only a cheaper alternative but less restrictive one.
#5 Feb 7, 2008
wow week fish as we call them on the east coast, If you could give up the harvest for a feww years to let them replentish. hopefully they will come bak in greater numbers, (not as big) but if the limit was cut fore a year they would growto a record year after that. preasure on fishing in the commercial field is what kills the sport of all fishing. And we as people have to stop the stupid sh__ if you get my drift. The laws they implore what a joke just to get money in there pocket and make them look as if they know how to governe bussiness
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