The House Fisheries Committee heard HB 143, legislation sponsored by Homer Representative Paul Seaton, aimed increasing the cost of short term commercial fishing crew member license from $30 to $60.
Seaton told us that the original intent of the short term license was to allow for tourists, friends, and family to briefly try commercial fishing in Alaska. However, there has been an increasing trend of multiple purchases in order to avoid paying for an annual non-resident license. This has reduced revenue to the state and the Fisherman’s Fund.
Seaton said that the main topic of discussion on the bill today are potential amendments related to the cost of a resident and non-resident short term license.