From the Executive Director
SEAGO is working to make your business better!
The Council and Advisory Bodies reviewed your letters and heard our testimony, and it shaped the Council's decision to pass the RQE Program out for initial review. SEAGO members spoke individually to Council members to determine what we needed to do to keep moving forward. There were some small changes and concessions made to the proposal, and we will need your continued support to ensure that the RQE Program maintains its integrity.
Problem - we are stuck with the current allocations forever, unless we take action.
Feature - The RQE will allow the charter sector to add to its allocation by purchasing IFQ shares.
Result - Less restrictive regulations for your customers in the future.
Passing the RQE on for public review is a leap forward for the proposal, which SEAGO and other industry members have been working on for eight years.
But, we're not done yet!
The NPFMC will be reviewing the RQE Program again, likely in December, to determine whether it should pass and move forward for legislative action. SEAGO is going to continue working between now and then to ensure that the RQE Program they pass is beneficial to Southeast Alaskan guides and their clients.
See the motion as passed HERE.
SEAGO extends its sincerest thanks to everyone who sent the North Pacific Fishery Management Council letters of support for the RQE Program, and a special thanks to those who joined us in Anchorage to testify. In addition to our more experienced charter operators, we were joined by a variety of younger and newer guides who provided testimony, as well as the angling public. At multiple times during the meeting, the charter sector received recognition for its work on the program and input provided by guides across Alaska.
A further thank you is owed to the Council for their work to find a solution which protects all fishing communities and Alaska economies. In particular, SEAGO extends its thanks to Andy Mezirow on the Council and Daniel Donitch on the AP Advisory Group for their work on behalf of the charter sector, as well as Governor Walker for ensuring that the charter industry is represented within the NPFMC process.
How do you respond to regulatory changes?
Dr. Phil Loring of the University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking out halibut charter operators who have left the business, or have thought about leaving the business, as a part of an ongoing research project that seeks to understand how fishers are impacted by, and respond to, regulatory changes. Dr. Loring is hoping to do short interviews either in person or by phone. They will take roughly 30 minutes or more. If interested please contact Phil at firstname.lastname@example.org. Phil will be in Sitka on May 18,19, and 20, and in Homer on May 22, 23, and 24. If these dates are not good for you, Phil will be happy to speak with you by phone.