All the charter fleet wants to do is take and take more, with no concern for conservation. More allocation means more fish coming out of the water.
This action would not disrupt the conservation goals of the Council or the IPHC. It shifts allocation between sectors with no additional removals that would impact the resource. These removals have already been determined as sustainable.
IFQ Program Goals:
This action would change the goals of the IFQ program and not preserve the historic makeup and traditions of the commercial longline sector. The charter fleet will buyout the commercial sector.
This action would not change the goals of the IFQ program. The RQE would just be added to the program as a qualified participant, much like the rural coastal communities where added under the CQE (Community Quota Entity) program back in 2002.
Consolidation of the fleet, for reasons of efficiency and/or economic profitability, has been going on since the beginning of the program. The restrictions on how much quota could ultimately be transferred to the RQE would prevent any major disruption to the commercial fleet dynamics.
Entry Level Participation in the IFQ Program:
A buyer such as the RQE, with deep pockets, would raise the market prices of QS beyond the reach of new entrants in the fishery. There should be restrictions on purchasing "D" shares.
The cost of "D" shares are already too high for new entrants. Young fishermen who want to earn a living commercial fishing usually gain experience in other fisheries first or if fortunate enough get a job as a deck hand on a Class "C" vessel. With their earnings, they buy Class "C" shares and fish them on the vessel they work on until they can buy their own vessel.