Alaska commercial fishing news and notes
rather than another government buyback why not take some steps towards real capitalism. those thet wish to remain in the fishery should have the option to buy another permit from someone who wants to sell out and then they would get to fish a certain amount more gear. this would alow those thet think the efort needs to be reduced to do it out of there own pockets and the ones thet want to remain in the fishery and dont want to pay for another socialized buyback dont have to
But then the government wouldn't get to skim a management fee off the top. Let's see here, $30 to $40 million for the buyback fund would put the management fee at around $500 thousand.That will line some political hacks pocket nicely.
Why not just let the weakest links go out of business? If it's that overcrowded some will eventually have to find other work won't they?
And the politically correct hacks...http://alaskareport.com/taufen30022.htm
They are destroying the future of the fishery with greed. Permits have become so expensive that there is almost no way to get into the fishery (unless you are born into it). What is the reason for this buyback? Can anyone argue that seining is not profitable? I could see this back in 2002 but now prices are high and fish are abundant. They are creating an exclusive club of millionaires.
Yea, privatization... It's happening, say goodbye to your jobs deckhands, say hello to consolidated fleets and continued mismanagement.
Q? From the Federal Register;"Unlike buybacks conducted underfederal statutes where permits arepermanently revoked, under the Alaska Constitution, the state may reissue permits in the future if the fishery becomes too exclusive. An ‘‘optimum number’’ study by the CFEC would be required before any decision could be made on whether the fishery has become too exclusive."Just go ask the CBC, how exclusive the Club's holds to its membership application clause.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_political_corruption_probe
Taking the discussion of the proposed SE seiner buyback one step further."Unlike buybacks conducted under federal statutes where permits are permanently revoked, under the Alaska Constitution, the state may reissue permits in the future if the fishery becomes too exclusive." One interpretation of exclusive is that the majority of permits are owned by out of staters. This was determined by BBEDC, see report entitled Community Impacts of Restructuring the Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery. http://www.bbedc.com/web/bbsri/index.html . "An ‘‘optimum number’’ study by the CFEC would be required before any decision could be made on whether the fishery has become too exclusive", this also has been completed for Bristol Bay. Do not dismiss this scenario for Bristol Bay just because fishing has improved and the value of the permits have increased threefold, the intent and desire is still there. Permits involved in the buyback program to include SE will eventually be distributed to fishing cooperatives controlled by the various economic corporations under the "exclusive" clause. This way the watershed residents of the various economic corporations will once again be involved in their local fishery by fishing for their local cooperative.The buyback program in SE is the first step before this plan is implemented throughout the state. Coming to a fishery near you.
And did the BBEDC report, discuss the Bristol Bay Non-Limited Entry Act, inposed 1974 thru 2002?Did the BBEDC report, discuss full permit ownership with stacking for the set fleet, or was it missed under Sara Palin's appointment of the annointed one, Vince Webster's Corrupt Bastards Club's Board of Fisheries, for the Bristol Bay Setnetter's Association?Oh yes, let us discuss the amusing one, where limited entry means please limit any intellegence from entering between the ears of any watershed resident.The watershed resident who sold his permit, now needs another, unchanged since 1974!More Unlimited Intellegence?OH, and then the classic stacking for a setmet, with full dual ownership, in a BBEDC theory, for the DRIFT FLEET???Just convert the system to a set net clause, but we all know best Todd Palin's favorite CBC member, Sara, including her Limited Areas of Less Intensive Mental Developement, an her "allocation within a single fishery" Corrupt Bastards Forever, where Limited, means no intellegence required, Go! BBEDC.
The S.E. Limited Entry Clause?SE Seine 1974, 459 permits issued. 2011, 419 permits issued?The Bay's NON-Limited Entry Clause?Bay Drift 1974, 872 permits issued. 2011, 1875 permits issued?It always just depends on the meaning of the term, what "IS" Limited?
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