Businesses that take tourists and others out for a day of halibut fishing in Southeast Alaska are facing dire times.
The abundance of halibut is decreasing, with corresponding cuts to catch limits.
New federal regulations now hold paying customers on charter boats to one keeper per day, rather than two.
A recession has staggered the nation's economy.
And the charter and commercial halibut fleets are rivals for fish not only on the water but in court and other forums.
Faced with all these troubles, charter captains are looking to weather the storm and fend off what they see as even greater dangers on the horizon.
The Southeast Alaska Guides Organization, a Sitka-based advocate for charter boat and lodge operators, recently distributed this detailed survival strategy.
Of particular note is a plan to seek $44 million in federal stimulus funding "to mitigate the impact of the recession in communities throughout Southeast Alaska."
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