Southeast geoduck fishermen look at hiking their assessments

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Southeast Alaska geoduck (pronounced GOO'-ey-duck) fishermen may vote this summer on boosting their taxes.

The region's dive fishery association wants to increase a self-assessment to help pay for geoduck testing and to explore new areas for fishing.

Julie Decker, executive director of the Southeast Alaska Regional Dive Fisheries Association, said the assessment has been in place a year and the 5 percent brought in about $20,000. It pays for surveying new areas, psp testing and water certification, she said.

If eligible association members approve, then the tax would be boosted from 5 percent to 7 percent.

The increase would help expand the fishery, Decker said.

The Southeast sea cucumber fishery also has a 5 percent tax and the sea urchin fishery has a 7 percent tax.

Association members were to meet Friday in Ketchikan to discuss voting rules and whether to go ahead with the tax vote.

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