Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
ACA News August 2017
Senate Commerce Committee to Hold Field Hearing in Soldotna on Magnuson-Stevens Act - Wednesday 1-4pm

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
1:00 p.m. AKST
Full Committee
Kenai Peninsula College
156 College Road
Soldotna, AK 99669

Hearing is open to the public.

Panel I:
-  Dan Hull, Chair, North Pacific Fishery Management Council, Anchorage, AK
-  Sam Cotten, Commissioner, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Juneau, AK
-  Reed Morisky, Member, Alaska Board of Fisheries, Juneau, AK
-  Spud Woodward, Director, Coastal Resources Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Brunswick, GA

Panel II:
-  Glenn Reed, President, Pacific Seafood Processors Association, Seattle, WA
-  Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group, Kennesaw, GA
-  Linda Behnken, President, Halibut Coalition; Executive Director, Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, Sitka, AK
-  Ragnar Alstrom, Executive Director, Yukon Delta Fisheries, Anchorage, AK
-  Ben Stevens, Director, Hunting & Fishing Task Force, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks, AK

Panel III:
-  Shannon Carroll, Deputy Director, Alaska Marine Conservation Council, Anchorage, AK
-  Julie Bonney, Executive Director, Alaska Groundfish Data Bank, Kodiak, AK
-  Lori Swanson, Executive Director. Marine Conservation Alliance, Juneau, AK
-  Duncan Fields, Gulf of Alaska Coastal Communities Coalition, Anchorage, AK
-  Liz Ogilvie, Keep America Fishing Director, American Sportfishing Association, Alexandria, VA

Witness testimony will be available on

Fixing Federal Fisheries Laws
U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, convened a hearing titled "Reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act: NOAA and Council Perspectives" on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. This hearing was the first in a series to examine the state of our nation's fishery laws and guide the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.


Rep. Frank Pallone and Sen. Bob Menendez make the rounds in Atlantic Highlands talking with recreational fishermen, while back in DC their fellow congressmen are tackling fisheries reform.

"In early July, the recreational fishing and boating community praised the Senate introduction of the Modern Fish Act by Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Brian Schatz (D-HI), John Kennedy (R-LA) and Joe Manchin (D-WA). Supported by the American Sportfishing Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, Recreational Fishing Alliance, Coastal Conservation Association, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, International Game Fish Association and other groups, the new bill in the U.S. Senate (S.1520) would improve public access to America's federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth within the recreational fishing community." 


  • 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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