Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
ACA News March 2017
Raffle Drawing Winners Announced for Alaska Charter Association Fundraiser

Congratulations to the raffle drawing winners of our Fundraiser for the Alaska Charter Association! (Permit #3064)

1st Prize: Warren McCambridge wins a 3 Day/4 Night Fishing & Lodging Package for two persons
2nd Prize: Evan Ho wins a 2 Day/3 Night Fishing & Lodging Package for two persons
3rd Prize: Tom Roberts wins a $2,000 credit to be applied to a fishing trip
4th Prize: Crystal Reecher wins a $1,000 credit to be applied to a fishing trip!

We want to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets for their support and we hope to see all of you this summer! Congratulations to the Winners! We hope we can do this again in the future.

This important benefit raised money to help the  Alaska Charter Association travel to and attend important fisheries meetings to protect Alaska's vital Sport Fisheries.  Alaska Charter Association's work is crucial to the viability of the Sport Fishing Sector in a Commercially-Driven Industry. They are there to attend these meetings, which may affect your future sport fishing access to fish resources in Alaska.

The  Alaska Charter Association works to preserve and protect the rights and resources of Alaska's recreational anglers and to serve as a voice of the marine charter industry on local, state and federal and international issues affecting the sports fishing industry. The Alaska Charter Association thanks you for your support!

Also there is a video of us doing the Raffle Drawings on our Blog Page if you go to the link above.

Management News
Chinook Salmon Closed Until June 15th in the Juneau Area

Because of low abundance of Chinook salmon on the Taku River, AKF&G has issued an emergency closure in the area around Juneau. Learn more here.
Charter Halibut Regulations Approved by NOAA

On March 3rd, Regulations for the 2017 Charter Halibut season became effective. Get all the details here.
Social and Ecological Consequences of Regulatory Change in the Alaska Recreational Halibut Fishery
ACA members participated in a new study to learn about how fishing  patterns and areas change in response to new regulations, economic ups and downs, and the results are quite interesting. Anne Beaudreau, lead author, reports:  " Our research contributes new information on the impacts of regulatory and environmental changes on the Pacific halibut sport charter fishing industry in Alaska, an important and understudied fishery sector. We are examining patterns of resource use and responses by charter operators to regulatory, environmental, and socioeconomic changes in Alaska halibut fisheries over the last three decades." Download a 3-page pdf file here to get a summary of their report.
Rep. Don Young drafts House version of Magnuson-Stevens update
U.S.A. Fisheries Law is overdue for review, revision and renewal.

The Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) is the "constitution" that sets up the regulation and sustainable management of our marine fisheries. 

ACA encourages all recreational anglers, charter operators, and skippers to learn more about the national discussions and final decisions on the Act. Alaska Congressman Don Young has offered the House Version of the new MSA, H.R. 200. There are a lot of encouraging amendments to the old MSA, including flexibility in management, and using alternative management strategies for recreational fisheries. Let's be a part of this process. Here is the link to track the MSA, HR 200. The full text of the latest version is posted here.
  • Because you find most of your time is being spent in damage control brought on by regulations that continue to decrease fishing opportunity for your clients.
  • Because you have no time to attend important meetings that may further impact your future. 
  • You belong to the Alaska Charter Association.
If your dreams include flying scales and full fish totes, you 
need the Alaska Charter Association to inform, educate, and fight for you 
at these important fisheries meetings. 

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