Projected new permit system to eliminate 38% of Alaska & # 39; s halibut charter companies, starting in 2011
Under the new permitting system, announced in January 2010, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), all in Alaska halibut fishing charter boat will be required to carry the new limited entry permit to legally fish for halibut beginning in the 2011 season .
In order to qualify for a permit, the company will have to prove that they have made at least five halibut fishing in three random years – 2004, 2005 and 2008. Those who can not show this use will be took in those years.
NOAA said the new rules are necessary to limit the number of charter halibut fishing vessels and prevent overfishing. However, based on the IPHC 2009 Report, Alaska halibut sport fishing industry and # 39; s yield 8.7-million pounds of less than 13% of halibut harvested; For comparison, commercial halibut fishing industry harvested 51.2 million pounds and represented 76% of the total catch of halibut in 2009.
NOAA & # 39; new rules of freedom significantly affect the charter boat industry. Opponents blame the rules, the rules with & # 39 are anti-American and anti-free enterprise. Bob Howard, the owner-operator of Sea Nymph Charter complains that the rules & # 39 are "in conflict with the American free enterprise system."
Howard Sun fishing in 2004 or 2005, because he invests $ 100k in upgrading its 32-foot sea nymphs, so that he will not be eligible for a permit. If Howard wants to continue in the business, he will be forced to buy a transfer permit. Several permits are sold on both Craigslist and SE Alaska Guides for $ 100k or more.
A number of experts on the fishing in Alaska noted that, by making the transmission permission, they have created a boon for those who were in the "right place at the right time" and qualify based on a randomly selected year of operation. Halibut Captain prepares to retire just received a substantial pension bonus through the development of the market for this program.
In any case, what is clear is that the new rules will significantly change the halibut charter industry by reducing competition and, according to the 259-page Environmental Assessment and Impact Report, is to put almost 4 Alaska charter companies from 10 out of the business, 327 companies in the fields of 3A and 2C are no plans to apply for permits, while 527 companies will get approval.
For more information about the new program, charter Alaska halibut fishing permits can be found on the NOAA Web site.