Fishing in Alaska Halibut – new rules that devastate many in the business related to the Alaska Halibut

The new permit system provides for the elimination of 38% of enterprises operating in the territory of Alaska halibut in early 2011

According to the new permit system, announced the National Administration Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in January 2010, for all flight boats in Alaska in Chernobyl charters will need to have a new limited entry permit to legally fish halibut, starting with the 2011 season .

To obtain a permit, companies will have to prove that they have made at least five flights on halibut in three random years – 2004, 2005 and 2008. Those who can not show that use in the years to be out of luck.

NOAA said that the new rules are necessary to limit the number of charter fishing boats, deprived of fishing. However, based on the report IPHC in 2009, the harvest of the fishing industry in Alaska halibut to 8.7 million pounds is less than 13% of the total harvest of halibut; for comparison, the commercial fishing industry halibut collected 51.2 million pounds and was 76% of the total catch of halibut in 2009.

New rules NOAA significant impact on the industry charter boats. Opponents of the rules say that the rules – this American and anti-free enterprise. Bob Howard, the owner-operator Charter "Nymphs of the Sea", complaining that the rules "are contrary to the American system of free enterprise. It's just that if in 2004 or 2005 and 2008, you do not run a restaurant, you do not work."

Howard was not engaged in fishing in 2004 or 2005, because he invested 100,000 dollars in modernizing its 32-futovay sea nymph, so he could not get permission. If Howard wants to continue the work, he will be forced to buy a transfer permit. Several solutions are sold both on Craigslist, and at the SE Alaska Guides Organisation $ 100 000 or more.

A number of fishing Alaska expert commented that, making resolution transmission, they have created a breeze for those who were in the "right place at the right time" and was determined on the basis of randomly selected years of operation. Captain halibut, who is preparing for retirement, most likely received a substantial bonus for retirement as a result of the market development of this program.

In any case, it is clear that the new rules significantly change the halibut charter industry by reducing competition, and, according to the 259-page report on the environmental impact assessment, and he will deliver almost 4 business headed to Alaska from 10 out of the business. . 327 enterprises in the regions 3A and 2C are not forecasted for permits, and 527 companies receive permission.

For more information about the new charter program for the fishing permits in Alaska can be found on the NOAA website.