Sport Fishing Guiding Services
|Signed Into Law! Chapter 13 SLA 11|
Sponsored by the House Fisheries Special Committee
“An Act amending the termination date of the licensing of sport fishing operators and sport fishing guides; and providing for an effective date.”
Posted: March 28, 2011 : v27-LS0584-A
House Bill 173 will ensure the continuation of Alaska's sport fish guide licensing and reporting program. Legislation authorizing the program was passed in 2004 and the program has proven beneficial to both the sport fishing industry and resource managers. With more than 1.8 million clients, 88% of whom are nonresidents, taking more than 460,000 guided fishing trips in Alaska annually, guided sport fishing has become an integral part of Alaska's tourism economy. In fact, a study commissioned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimated that nonresident spending on sport fishing was more than $650 million in 2007.
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