Tuesday, May 21, 2013
State Senator Proposes Board to Manage Sport Fishing Industry
Sen. Lesil McGuire proposes that the board issue licenses, regulate guide services and require potential guides be first aid certified and hold a Coast Guard license.
A new bill has been introduced into the Alaska State Legislature that would establish a board to manage the lucrative sport fishing industry in Alaska.
Sen. Lesil McGuire proposes that the board not only issue licenses but also regulate guide services and require potential guides to pass a certification exam in first aid and hold a Coast Guard license.
The governor would appoint nine members to the board and members would have to be confirmed by the legislature.
Five of the positions would be licensed fishing guides, two positions would be held by the public and a sport fishing transporter and a member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries would hold the final two spots.
Captain Dan Eems, owner of Seaclusions Saltwater Charters of Anchorage and member of the Prince William Sound Charter Boat Association, said the bill is an extra level of bureaucracy that is not needed for a problem that does not exist.