Proposed bag limit for recreational fishermen is just like gun control

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2007

After proposing a one-fish bag limit for recreational fishermen, placing a moratorium on the number of charter boats that is now being proposed by the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council is like gun control.

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Charter boats don't propagate fishermen any more than guns cause crime or flies cause garbage. The International Pacific Halibut Commission, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game - all three - want to diminish, reduce and control the number of recreational halibut sport fishermen for some reason.

Why do they not just quit selling fishing licenses or propose putting a moratorium on the number of sport fishing licenses sold to the public by the state? That will be the end result anyway.

Bruce Warner


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