Ketchikan Guided Sportfish Association (KGSA) is a nonprofit organization that
was formed in the spring of 2007 by a group of dedicated charter operators who
were concerned about recent proposed regulations regarding their industry and
the lack of prior knowledge or input on these decisions. The proposed regulations
under consideration by the National Marine Fisheries Service will have detrimental
consequences not only to charter vessel operations, but to sportfishing related
businesses such as lodges, resorts, hotels, and vacation rentals. It would further
result in impacts to transportation, fuel, food service, and other businesses
providing services to visitors and sportfish operators.
is the number one activity for independent travelers
to our area, and is a
major activity for cruise passengers while in port."
Executive Director, Ketchikan
objective is to keep informed of current issues and proposed legislation affecting
our industry. To be proactive in voicing our concerns and opinions as a group
on issues that affect our fisheries, industry and ultimately our local businesses.
We need to work with and support other like organizations to protect our rights
and the right of others to access the public resource.
and regulations to restrict our industry will continue; it is time to have an
organized voice in Ketchikan and the surrounding areas. We must have representation
Alaska Board of Fisheries, The
North Pacific Fishery Management Council, NOAA
Fisheries Service and the International
Pacific Halibut Commission. Organized opposition will dominate the resource
if we do not make our voice heard.