Council Targets Boat Rentals
The North Council passed a motion to go out for further review, addressing the regulations for unguided recreational anglers using rental boats for halibut fishing in Alaska.
Not much is known about the growth of rental boat operators, but the catch is accounted for within the overall unguided catch, which comes off the top.
The motion adopted for review by the Council proposes options for potential regulations for unguided anglers on rental boats. There is an option to restrict anglers on rental boats to the same regulations, size and bag limits, as guided anglers on charter boats.
The ACA has not taken a position on this motion. We have members who rent boats, and others who are concerned about the impact on the industry posed by rental boat operations. This is an opportunity to weigh in to the Council with your thoughts on the issue.
The deadline for public comment for the next Council meeting is November 30th.
The Council meets in Anchorage December 3-11 if you can make it for public testimony.