HB 137, signed into law this summer, will increase almost all of Alaska’s fishing, hunting and trapping license and tag fees, beginning 2017.
The bill raises the fishing and hunting fees for the first time in 20 years, and the increased revenues will primarily be used to match federal funds for fish and wildlife management in Alaska.
KRSA, along with other fishing and hunting groups, will be monitoring and advising ADFG on how best new monies are used for fish and game management in Alaska.
On fisheries issues, KRSA believes a top priority for king salmon management in Alaska through additional fund from the King Salmon stamps is to fund a sonar counter for Kasilof king salmon, which currently has no escapement monitoring.
Additionally, a top priority for additional revenues from fishing licenses is a new survey for the economic impacts and contributions of sportfishing in Alaska. The report provides crucial per day spending data for guided, unguided, freshwater, saltwater, resident and non-resident anglers in Alaska. The survey was supposed to be conducted every five years, however the last survey was done in 2007. KRSA feels that consistent social and economic baseline data is critical for the sportfishing in Alaska.