In as much as having hydraulic hand gurdies sounds like it could make life a lot easier, I think Ocean Gold is right, I'm sorry to say. Until the sport fishery, and the plummeting allocation issues can get straightened out, It seems like we should probably be a little conservative with this one. We have to get a solid battle plan for dealing with the blossoming numbers of guides boats. To me the best solution is going to be the oldest one in the play book, divide and conquer. We need to focus on blitzing the older members of the charter fleet who would be eligible if there were some sort of a limited entry system implemented with statistics. In yakutat we don't even have a tiny fraction of the sport infestation that southeast has but it's still to much. The number of full time charter boats has quadrupled in 6 years time. To some up the problem in a nutshell, the words of my guide buddy who's been in the business for a long time say it best," great, now there's a boat for every guy that wants to go fishing". The point is, Yakutat has more charter boats than there is sportsfisherman to support the industry. The message we have to get acrossed to the old guides is, after you've totally consumed the commercial allocations of halibut and king salmon, at the rate their over populating they will eventually put themselves out of business. They simply have to have a cap, and, so far it appears that the only organization that's going to be strong enough to implement it, is going to be themselves, they lawsuit everybody else right under the table. To me, getting half of their ranks to step forward and say,"enough, we need to go limited entry in order to save ourselves," is going to be the only way to stop it.
As far as the 4 lines west of Spencer for hand trollers proposal, I have high hopes for it passing this time. It's written up correctly, and there shouldn't be anyone with any valid reasons for opposing it. In retrospect, I guess I don't blame anyone one for opposing it last time. It is a fact that it was written up wrong by the then chairman of the Yakutat advisory committee and had it passed as written, it would have allowed for 4 lines on handtrollers in federal waters from Dixon to Suckling (all of southeast). Spencer west is the only place where 6 lines are allowed for power trolling, and it's the only place that 4 lines should be allowed for hand trolling, it's that simple. For the A.T.A, or anyone to have supported it as it was written last time would have made a huge mess. It would have been nice if someone who knew what they were doing could have stepped in and amended it back then, but it is what it is. I certainly will be looking to see who supports it this time though.