Fair access wanted

Letter to the Editor

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2007

In regards to Victoria O’Connell letter of Jan. 29 about the consumer’s side, are not the supposedly wealthy charter clients consumers as well as those who choose to come and harvest their own fish all the while spending their hard earned dollars in supporting local communities.

What needs to be pointed out is that this is a public resource that for too long has been managed for the benefit of a few. Sure they would like us to think that the charter fleet is getting more than their fair share when allocations have been discussed. There has never been fair representation of all user groups as in fairness in management — 85 percent commercial 15 percent other user groups — this is far from fair management. In the Lower 48 this public resource is manage for the benefit of all user groups evenly split among all users. As far as the U.S. consumer easily purchasing all allowable harvest they always have and always will. Cutting a limit from two fish to one on charter boats is discrimination and then upping the commercial take by a million pounds. Come on, the people of Alaska are tired of being used. All they want is fair access to their resource how ever they choose.

Joe Simpson


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