Alaska State Senator to host round-table discussion
1000 AM monday morning
At the request of the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO), Alaska State Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) will host and moderate a special round-table discussion on potential 2014 halibut management measures for areas 2C and 3A. Members of the Charter Management Implementation Committee will assist Sen. McGuire with facilitating the discussion. The meeting is meant to serve as an informal conversation for Alaska charter operators to share their recommendations for potential management measures in 2014
The meeting will be on Monday, September 30th from 10 am to 12 pm. The meeting will be hosted at the Anchorage Legislative Information Office. In addition, all legislative information offices - (A complete list of legislative information offices throughout the state with addresses and phone numbers) will be available to people interested in participating in the discussion.
Any interested charter operator is encouraged to participate.
This round-table discussion precedes the Charter Management Implementation Committee tentatively scheduled for October 25th during which charter industry representatives will recommend which management measures should be analyzed for potential implementation in 2014
Once those analyses have been completed, the Charter Management Implementation Committee will review them and then forward their final recommendations to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council for their approval
Because it is unknown if the two areas will be fishing under the existing Guidelin Harvest Level (GHL) or the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP), it is essential to have as much input as possible from operators from each of the respective areas. If the CSP is in place for the 2014 season, it is likely that the allocation reductions for areas 2C and 3A will necessitate new or additional restrictive management measures.
SEAGO Executive Director Heath Hilyard commented, “With so much at stake for 2014, we believed it was critical to get as much input possible from the industry to select the least harmful measures. We sincerely appreciate Sen. McGuire’s willingness to host and moderate this discussion. The more the charter industry has a hand in managing ourselves, the better the decisions being made.”
I am adding this for anyone who is intersted:
Here are the potential management measures that have been looked or could be analyzed for 3A:
1.2-fish bag limit, no size limit
3.Prohibit skipper/crew harvest (default under CSP)
4.2-fish bag limit, maximum size limit on second fish
5.2-fish bag limit, maximum size limit on both fish
6.2-fish bag limit, reverse slot limit on second fish (also called protected slot)
7.2-fish bag limit, reverse slot limit on both fish.
8.Annual limit combined with maximum size limit
9.Annual limit combined with reverse slot limit
10.Closure of certain days of the week
12.Limit to one trip per day
13.1-fish bag limit, no size limit
14.1-fish bag limit with maximum size limit
You can get an idea of the relative effect of various measures by looking at these documents:
1.Review of charter halibut management measures, J. King
2.Analysis of maximum size limit, reverse slot limit, and closure of days of the week for 2C for 2012:
3.Discussion paper looking at additional management measures under the CSP (esp. pages 21-48):
4.Analysis of management alternatives for 2C and 3A for 2013: