Salmon Permit Stacking Dropped

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The thoughts on permit stacking between Kodiak set-netters was mixed at the Board Of Fisheries meetings last week. Around 30 set-net families wanted to re instate duel permit holding. This allows one participant to fish two permits at a time. For most it was personal, others principle, but all together controversial.

“There’s all these challenges that really focus on the young and the old, It is very hard to maintain these family structures for set netting. So for me and my family stacking is a means of transitioning to the next generation and allowing some stability in the fishery.”

Erik O’Brien, Life long set netter and resident of Kodiak strongly supports the option of stacking. Gill netter Kip Thomet was on the opposing end.

“Actually it would be advantageous to us, because we are a two permit site. I would be able to stack my wife’s permit in my name so she could go prosecute a fishery in Bristol Bay if she wanted to, it would actually increase our bottom line. But I’m against it on principle. I think permit stacking allows absentee ownership and consolidates the opportunities for anyone else to come into the fisheries.”

The original stacking proposal started in 2008, written by Rich Blanc. He thought that during the duel stacking years it showed success among sett net families.
“I think that the opposition feel that people are going to go out and acquire new permits and stack them and have extra gear in front of their neighbor, But during the three years of permit stacking none of those fears were realized. Over 95% of the transfers where within families or partners. There was never any violations or complaints about how the fishery was prosecuted.”
Blanc says consolidation has never been a problem in the set netting industry. That it has and always will be a family based fishery. “There are very few standalone permits if any for sale. Those with multiple permits in their families, around 95% said they would never sell their permit to anyone outside the family.





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