New charter rules should be no surprise

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

I read the article in the Monday, Jan. 10, Clarion (Charters grapple with permit issues) and thought it might be interesting to give insight to some facts about the issue.

First off, the changes being made to the charter industry are more than 10 years in the making and any operator in the business would have to be deaf, dumb and blind to not be aware of such. Secondarily, a person not getting a permit for the second boat lets me know that it wasn't fished much or at all. The qualifying marks only required "that boat" to be fished five times -- meeting all legal requirements to do so -- in the year 2004 or 2005 and be active in 2008, which would give a permit that would allow it to be fished as long as the permit holder wanted to fish.

As a resident of the Kenai Peninsula I have been bombarded with much information about these changes, talking personally to many of the charter owners; both successful permit holders and those who did not meet the minimum requirements. As of yet I haven't found anyone taken by surprise at the establishing of this system who's in the business. My hopes are that articles like this one would be written in such a way that readers would have information complete enough to inform us all very well.

Dennis Johns, Sterling

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