Sports update

Baseball starts bid for state
Boys baseball will play Colony at 10:00 a.m. in the state quarter finals. They will enter the state tournament as the 1 seed. Last year the Kings placed 3rd in state, losing 5-2 against South  Anchorage in the semi finals, and then beating Colony 7-1 for third place.

Softball looks for redemption
Softball will play Homer at 10:00 a.m. Thursday in the division 2 6 team pool play. Then, tonight they will play Hutchison at 5 p.m. Last year the Lady Kings went all the way to the state championship before losing to Thunder Mountain.  The Kings beat TM 7-6 in the morning to send the Kings to the state championship on a 3-run walkoff home run by Payton Simmons.
Then Thunder Mountain worked their way through the losers bracket. They then beat Kayhi twice in a row to win their 3rd consecutive championship.

Soccer gets 3rd at state
Boys soccer took 3rd in Anchorage at the state tournament. This was the first time in Kayhi history that the boys soccer team qualified for the state tournament. They went 2-1, beating Homer their first game and Thunder Mountain for the 3rd place championship game. The Kings final record is 5-11-1.

Track competes at state
Nine track members traveled to the state tournament in Anchorage. The Kings high flier was Ada Odden, who placed 4th in the 300m hurdles. Odden was Kayhi’s only placer. She placed her personal best (38.53) and missed first place by about 3 seconds. With the season coming to an end, the Kings will lose 15 seniors.

Football pre season in full swing
Last year, the football team went 6-2, making it to the first round of the playoffs. This year, because of the loss of seniors, the Kings have put more effort into recruiting. New head coach Ryan Varela has been holding meetings at Kayhi and Revilla to try and recruit new members. Many up and coming seniors have been recruiting bigger students who they think would be a benefit to the offensive line, where they argue the team needs the most improvement. Many of the players have been going to the field on Saturdays, doing drills and playing 7v7. They will continue to meet on Saturdays, until school is out. Then they will move to daily pre season practices at 3 p.m.

Former assistant coach hired as head coach
Former defensive coordinator Ryan Varela has been hired for the head coaching position. Coach Varela is already working with the team as he settles into his new position. He has sent out weight lifting packets, ordered team gear, and has already started working on offensive and defensive schemes for the new season. While coach Varela is still looking for assistants, he has recruited help from former Wisconsin running back Quincy Landingham, who is here working for the summer. He is expected to help improve some of the skill positions.

Volleyball camp approaching
The Lady Kings will host a volleyball camp for girls on June 12-14 at 6:00-8:30 p.m. It will be held in the Kayhi gym. Kayhi’s new volleyball coach, Kevin Johnson, will be there to introduce himself and instruct the camp. The camp is for 7th-12th grade athletes.

Nine track athletes start state

Tarrant Sasser
Staff Writer

Kayhi has nine track and field athletes at the state competition in Palmer, Thursday.
The Kings placed 2nd overall at regionals last week in Juneau and had five 1st place finishers in the shot put, discus, and hurdles, and had 1st place relay team in the 4x200m Relay.
Kayhi also had three seniors throw over 42 feet in the shot put who qualified for state. The ASAA Division 1 Championships will start on Friday at 9 a.m. and continue on Saturday at 9 a.m.

State competitors:
Brendan Wong (12) – Shot put
Cristopher Carlson (12) – 110m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Tarrant Sasser (12) – Shot put
Cody Zartman (12) – 4x200m Relay
Ivers Credito (12) – 300m Hurdles, 4x200m Relay
Ivan Credito (12) – 4x200m Relay
Justice Yoder (12) – Shot put, Discus
Ada Odden (9) – 300m Hurdles
Jenae Rhodes (9) – Shot put


An all natural solution

Madison Rose
Staff Writer

For years Kayhi staff member Kelli Auger has dealt with a severe chronic cough. From medications to throat surgery, nothing has helped ease this constant coughing. It wasn’t until Kayhi senior Maia Caballero notice the trouble Auger was having and decided to gift her a diffuser (a machine used to disperse small molecules of essential oils through the air, that way it can be breathed into the body.)

Auger finds that having the diffuser in her office helps her relax and be more productive. Although it does not cure her condition, it has helped soothed and change the atmosphere.

“I enjoy having it in my room,” Auger said. “It makes the work environment more friendly and gives a more welcoming feel to my office space.”

After being introduced to dōTERRA products and seeing them in stores, Auger sparked an interest and looks forward to further research.

“I want to learn more about it and see the benefits it has for others,” Auger said. “I definitely recommend it to other people and suggest that they take the time to invest in this product.”

Ketchikan STAC church staff Beth Fazakerley Is a dedicated dōTERRA user. She not only uses the common oils and diffusers but also uses it as a disinfectant spray, hand soap, shampoo, cream, lotion, toothpaste, cough drops, vitamins and other edibles. She believes that it has made an impact on her and her family.

“I use to have really bad acid reflux, but after taking these vitamins and supplements my symptoms were basically cured,” Fazakerley said. “It helps with a lot of problems, and from personal experience it has kept ear infections, common cold and sicknesses away. It’s nice to have a safe product that isn’t medically prescribed, and actually works. This makes trips to the doctors a lot less and life not as stressful.”

Fazakerley understands that completely switching regular life habits into a more natural herb and oil base one can be intimidating, but she says that it’s worth the research and people should try and experiment with it.

“It might seem like a complex thing, but it’s really easy to get into if you start with one and stick to it,”  Fazakerley said. “It can be hard to remember but after becoming more comfortable with it, you can learn to be more proficient.”

The All Natural Revolution

In addition to dōTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy, Rocky Mountain Oils and Revive are just a few companies who are providing people with all-natural alternatives – meaning that their products are naturally made of aromatic compounds that are found in plants and seeds. This goes through a process of extracting in a low-heat steam distillation, while it is pressurized to circulate through the plants materials.

Another known way to produce these oils is to use expression, meaning “cold press”, which is the opposite of steam distillation. Even though this is considered as a type of science, many see it as a form of art that requires skills in harvesting.

The reason people who commonly use oils choose dōTERRA over other brands, is because they are able to determine its superior quality in safety and effectiveness.

Ketchikan Alaska home multi level marketer Dominique King has years of experience using dōTERRA and joined the business of selling these oils because they are a entrusted company that her family can be supported from.

“The CEO sure makes ton of money but they certainly don’t take away from the families involved with their own business, whereas most big corporations are sneaky with their profits and don’t fully share the income,” King said. “This way people can live their lives and get paid fair wage, since we are basically the adveriters employed by the company to make our own business.”

“Anyone can do this, which is why those companies typically fail. But even with the big risk, dōTERRA has been very successful since tons of people want to buy it and need a consistent program,” King said.

She started with selling lotions but made the transfer to dōTERRA because of their goals to create family businesses and provide healing revenues. Their theme is “a healer in every home.” The hope is to get people educated and spread the word about healthy and peaceful living.

“It blows my mind how hundreds of people come together just for this product, and instantly fall in love after using it,” King said. “It seemed bizarre to me at first not knowing what it was, but after being introduced and encouraged by my friends, along with participating in some conventions, I soon learned why people instantly became attached.”

She says that by buying their products you are funding other important associations. This is different from store owners advertising that your money is going to charity, when actually they keep it for themselves. Whereas dōTERRA decides to be independently checked out and look for foundations in need. Research shows that they are consistent with the truth and have proof for what is presented.

“dōTERRA are creators of the healing hands nonprofit organization,” King said. “This helps causes like Days for Girls (DfG), sanitary inspections and anti-sex trafficking programs.”

dōTERRA also uses this money to help support families in need world wide. King says that she loves how it not only benefits her family but also people in poverty.

“Why wouldn’t I want to help people in third world countries,” King said. “The money promised goes directly to those places.”

Wait, teachers haven’t been teachers forever?


Olivia Kinunen
Staff Writer

Working at a restaurant is hard. There have been so many times when I have been yelled at for “messing up” an order, even if it was not my fault. I hate having to deal with angry customers but when I’m working I remind myself that someday I won’t have to handle difficult situations and customers left and right. My teachers are just like me in that way, they have all had some jobs that weren’t their favorite but those jobs helped lead them to a job they love.

“Every job has its virtues and bright sides,” said science teacher Leif Sivertsen.

Sivertsen said his hardest job was working as a stop and slow flagger when the pulp mill was closing.

“I only had four hour shifts but they were the longest four hours of my life,” said Sivertsen. “I passed time by trying to count as many different plants as I could see on the side of the road.”

Being a flagger made Sivertsen appreciate the hard work and long hours flaggers and other road workers do to keep everyone safe on the road.

“One time I let a motorcycle go by and I switched to stop. The dump truck was trying to come up the hill and the rest of the Harley’s blew right through by my sign,” said Sivertsen. “It was terrible and I felt so bad. I ended up only having that job for a week.”
Yearbook teacher Allegra Machado worked at Subway when she was in high school.

“It was the worst. I had to close the store at night and clean the bathrooms, and it was disgusting,” said Machado. “It made me really respect custodians and people who work for minimum wage. Now when I use public restrooms, I am really cautious about cleaning up because they get bombed and it’s disgusting.”

Machado said that it has affected the way that she parents her children and she reminds them they have to clean up their own messes because it’s disrespectful to leave it for someone else.

Similar to Machado, math teacher Evan Raber worked various small jobs, and a few of them still affect the way that he lives today.

One job that Raber had was working as a night janitor at his college’s basketball arena that seated 10,000.

“I’m a clock puncher, you know, go get your job done,” said Raber. “We had a list of duties and everyday there was a task to do, you were able to complete the task and grind away . . . and listen to books on tape.”

Raber also worked in a supermarket making donuts.

“It was the worst because I had to be there at three in the morning and I was young so I was out late,” said Raber. “I only did that for a few months and I still don’t eat donuts, and that was 15 years ago.”

While some teachers like Raber worked jobs to pay their way through school, Vice Principal Cole Maxwell was tired of studying and decided to drop out of college. He ended up taking a job at Missoula Concrete, where he made concrete blocks for septic tanks. Maxwell worked there for five months and made about one concrete block every two days.

“I stopped going to school and I just wanted to work. Then I had that job and said ‘no I have to go back to school and figure this out,’” said Maxwell. “So the best part about it was it made me go back to school but it was the worst job ever making concrete septic tanks.”

History teacher Leigh Woodward was 19 when she had her most difficult job. She came back to Ketchikan for the summer after her first year of college and worked in Misty Fjords National Monument for the Forservice.

“I thought that I was going to be doing interpreting on kayaks, but when I went out on one of the first trips and they saw that I could hike and work, so they immediately moved me to trail and cabin crew,” said Woodward.

She would spend two weeks out in the field making trails, camping the whole time. Woodward and the rest of her crew could only travel by kayak, and they weren’t allowed to use any power tools.

“I’ve never worked that hard in my entire life, we built trails and spent all day digging for 8 hours. That was it,” said Woodward. “We had honest eight hours everyday and we would have to pack everything, dig holes to poop, and hang our clothes to dry.”

Since Woodward was working such a labor intensive job, she didn’t have the kind of summer that she imagined she was going to have, but is happy she did it.

“It was almost perfect for me as a 19 year old because I probably would have gotten into a lot of trouble that summer if I wouldn’t have been out in the wilderness every single night and not in town with my friends.”

As well as keeping her out of trouble, Woodward said working in the Forservice made her more appreciative of her home.

“I grew to have an appreciation for the outdoors that I don’t really think I had before that,” said Woodward. “You grow up in Alaska and you’re like ‘oh it’s pretty’ but you don’t have a deep appreciation, and I think some of those deep appreciations come from when you’re with people from other places and they’re seeing how beautiful Alaska is.”

College Life

Alex Malouf
Staff Writer

As incoming freshman Kody Malouf stood in front of the Seattle University campus dressed in Guy Cotten attire from head to toe, with his deer mount and fly fishing rod in hand, he couldn’t help but fantasize about his future success at his chosen school.

“I can’t wait to crush it here.” “This school is going to be a great fit for me.” “I made the right choice on coming here.”

Four months later, Kody transferred to Northern Arizona University. This time, he chose the right school.

This same thing could very easily happen to you, but how are you supposed to know in advance? The only way to find out is to dive in head first and make the most out of every situation you face. However, you have the luxury of hearing first hand accounts from current college students who can offer valuable advice and insight as you ready for your freshman year. So take it from these college students and hear the things they did right, and the things they failed horribly at.

Did I chose the right college?

Kody Malouf
Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff)
Class of 2022
Major – Film

Malouf had it set in his mind that Seattle University was the place for him. He liked the idea of small class sizes and the opportunities associated with that.

“I thought I wanted to go to a small school,” said Kody Malouf. “I thought it would be more intimate and I would get more out of the education being only 8,000 kids at the school.”

The tuition at Seattle University compared to other colleges was something that Kody was aware of going in, but he figured the elevated education was worth the cost.

“The small size and overall school experience isn’t what pushed me to transfer,” said Kody. “In the end it was the cost of tuition. I didn’t feel as if the high price was justifying the education that I was receiving.”

Compared to Seattle University, the overall education he was receiving was not all that different from NAU.

“The education at NAU is very comparable, but my classes are definitely different,” he said. “Size is a factor, but the amount of classes I am taking has changed as well. I am taking two more here than I was at SU.”

Rebranding Yourself

Max Collins
Eastern Washington University (Cheney)
Class of 2022
Major – Pre Nursing

Max was known around his hometown as a get it done type of kid in class and during any activity he was involved in, but your hometown ego serves you little to no good as you begin to plant your roots in your new college life. College freshman Max Collins stuck true to his Alaskan roots as best as he could in the Pacific Northwest. Balancing his classes was not an issue as he sees college as a relief from high school in terms of overall workload.

“Showing up on move-in day is probably your best chance of meeting people for the school year,” said Collins. “This was easy for me, but not everyone has the same mentality as I do. You need to get out and rebrand yourself while not overextending your personality.”

As an incoming freshman, the people you meet right away are most likely to be your social outlets. Creating a network of not only friends, but also other students that can help you down the road will make your experience just that much more personal.

“The biggest downside to my initial experience was that I didn’t meet enough people right away,” he said. “Next year I am going to extend myself further and try to make more friends.”

While some students take it upon themselves to independently create a social network, others rely on organizations they are apart of.

Brittany Slick
University of Idaho (Moscow)
Class of 2022
Major – Marketing
Minor – Advertising

Freshman Brittany Slick is fully engulfed in Greek Life at the University of Idaho which is known for its extensive Greek Life influence.

“The Greek system took up a huge part, if not the majority, of my school,” she said. “It was an easy choice for me to decide to go Greek.”

Slick voiced her gratitude towards her sorority for simplifying the initial stage of getting settled in. The Greek community as whole is a close bound group that extends its arms to everyone involved while mixing both guys and gals together for social events.

“The Greek community is really close and we all live on the same street,” she said. “We do lots of socials and events with other sororities and fraternities so I made a lot of guy friends as well through those kinds of events.

Feeling like a number in a pool of students is something that many incoming freshman dread, coming from a small town like Ketchikan. Brittany’s sorority and college environment eliminated that feeling.

“The community feel is what makes my college unique because not a lot of places can make you feel like you’re at home when you’re in a completely new environment— and U of I does a really good job at doing just that,” said Brittany. “There’s endless opportunities for clubs, sports, media, entertainment, etc, but every college has those. Most large school students can’t say they know someone in every one of those groups—I can proudly say I can.”

Slick feels right at home on her campus.
“I wasn’t expecting to adapt that quick to a whole new environment and school system, but now it’s literally my second home.”

High school vs. College

Mckenzie Harrison
California Polytechnic University (San Luis Obispo)
Class of 2019
Major – Psychology
Minor – Anthropology / Geography

Mckenzie Harrison is a junior at California Polytechnic University. The school has about 21,000 students attending. To her, the biggest difference between the two that is directly school related is the size and layout of the facilities.

“My first day of classes freshman year of high school I went in knowing mostly everyone, even my teachers,” said Mckenzie. “I was like five minutes away from home and knew exactly what to expect. My first day of college was a lot of the unknown.”

Between classes filled with unknown students and having to find her way around campus, Mckenzie was blissfully ready follow the path to success.

“The fun thing about coming to college was so many people all in the same place that all shared the same clueless feeling,” she said. “This helped me to be less nervous.”

Some classes in college such as math are very comparable to high school. She said finding a good study group will enhance your ability to stay on top of your work while still finding time to have fun outside of class.

“If you stay on top of things you will get good grades, just like high school,” said Mckenzie. “It is great to find a really nice support group to have while you are going through tough classes. Math was very similar to high school for me and my study group helped me achieve my full potential.”

Differences between the two schooling systems are more prominent than similarities. The pace in a college lecture is on a much higher level.

“Absences are much harder to make up, material is presented very quickly, and some of my classes have anywhere from 100-500 kids,” she said. “Teachers only have certain office hours that you can go in and ask questions, which was different for me because I asked a lot of question in high school.”

Academic differences aside, the college experience is nothing like high school.

“I have way more independence and “free” time depending on how I use it,” said Mckenzie. “I attend a school with a lot of kids, so I have to get used to not seeing people that I know all the time.”

Creating and living your own adult life

College is more than just class, its is also full of concerts, road trips, conventions, and much more.

Slick is already forming a game plan to improve her next year in Moscow.

“My free time in the first semester was mostly going to all the events I could to get to know new people or get to know my new friends even more,” she said. “I wanted to work on building solid relationships and putting myself out there so that I could feel like I found a place to belong and people to belong with.”

She plans on expanding her horizons off campus during her sophomore year.

“My free time in second semester was filled with actually getting off of campus and exploring more of the area I was in,” said Brittany. “I had an easier schedule second semester, so that gave me a lot of time to go on drives and see new places. I went all over Northern Idaho and into Washington. Getting to see where my new friends grew up and how different their towns are was a great experience, compared to what i’ve known my whole life.

Individual class load and degree path yield different levels of free time, especially as you indulge further into your college years.

Jenny Hu
Arizona State University (Temp)
Class of 2018
Major – Kinesiology

Arizona State University senior Jenny Hu took a very practical view towards how she planned to live her college life. Her freshman and sophomore years were consistently filled with frat parties and social events. During her last two years, Jenny found herself hitting the books more than she expected.

“I assumed I would continue to expand on exploring opportunities, but I was mistaken,” said Jenny. “The second half of college there wasn’t much free time. Honestly, I tried to catch up on as much sleep as possible with the majority of my free time.”

Location dictates your ability to explore the surrounding areas of your college just as much as class load and school involvement.

Collins noticed an obvious change in pace and lifestyle from the beginning of the year to the end. His transition from settling in to becoming more independent happened naturally.

“The first half of my school year, I mainly just became an adult and did what I wanted to do,” said Max. “The second half, I focused on achieving personal goals like road tripping, camping and skiing.”

The area and culture provides easy access to activities similar to those back home for Max.

“Adapting my style of off campus life from Alaska to Washington was just as easy as I expected.” he said. “A good number of the things I love to do back home are just as available here. That and the endless amount of area to cover while doing those type of things is great for my lifestyle.”

Prepare in advance

After graduating high school, you have a good chunk of time to plan for your journey to college, wherever that may be. Approaching college like a big vacation may be helpful to your success in getting settled in. Having a rough plan that outlines activities and facilities that are available on campus is a great start.

Slick was glad that she had a general idea of what was to come once she arrived. However, going with the flow is extremely beneficial.

“I thoroughly stalked the websites and social medias of my college looking for more information,” she said. “It was a great start, but it kinda psyched me out and I got a little nervous from it. I ended up following what I knew already and made the experiences my own instead of trying to recreate what I saw online.”

Making the experiences your own adds depth to your college life. The connections will come eventually.

“You just gotta go with the flow and let connections happen, you shouldn’t force anything.”

Planning your social life shouldn’t be your main focus. Brittany found herself wishing she spent more time thinking about her budget.

“You think you will manage your money well between scholarships and tuition and books and everything, but you get off track quickly,” she said. “I wish I would’ve set a monthly budget plan before going to college so that I spent my money more wisely in the beginning rather than having to compensate at the end of the school year for spending so much.”

A quick tip Brittany hopes to share with incoming freshman is packing.

“Start packing early, it comes up quick and if you slowly pack, your life will be so much easier,” she said. “Pro Tip: Everything you wanna hang up, LEAVE ON A HANGER and pack them. Then you can just hang them up when you get there. That trick saved me a lot of time.”

How college changes you

Everyone adapts to college differently. Part of that process is embracing the change. Everybody changes, and change is good.

Slick had the most to say about change. She credits the change to not only the college lifestyle, but also her ability to initiate that transition in her life and the influence of new friends.

“I have already grown so much as a person from the time I left to the time I came back,” said Slick.

“I feel that I have zoned in more on my values,” she said. “ I learned to be familiar and confident with the idea of being independent.”

Staying true to your roots is something you should cherish as you enter an environment as hostile as college can be. Kids from small towns have no problem integrating this into their new found life.

“I think one part of me that has never and will never change is my appreciation for home and the people that made me who I am today,” said Slick. “Ketchikan is such a unique place, and now that I’ve lived away from home, I’ve learned to cherish it more because it is unlike any other town.”

Harrison feels that she has matured quite a bit since attending college, like most people do.

“Since coming to college I feel that I have matured a lot, but also learned so much more about myself,” she said. “I have really had to prioritize what is important to me and what I really need to focus on. I value my upbringing even more than I did before, and I value time spent with my family when possible.”

College has a tendency to change your perspective on many things, including your place in the world.

“You realize how small your personal world really is, and that there is a huge world outside of you.”

Words of wisdom for incoming freshmen

Kody Malouf – Don’t sit in your dorm room all day. Kids complain about how they don’t like college because they don’t do a lot. Sit next to someone who looks cool in your classes and get to know them. Meeting people is easy, so do it.

Brittany Slick – Put yourself out there as much as you can and seek out opportunities rather than trying to wait for them to come to you. Everyone is in the same place so don’t be afraid to reach out to people and start a conversation!

Jenny Hu – LOL don’t go to college, it’s a trap

Max Collins – Meet as many people as you can, even if you dread doing it. Organize your time so you can do good in school, but still have fun.

Dante Troina – It’s easier than you probably expect, but that doesnt mean slack off. Since everything down there depends on you,you can easily screw up. As long as you have a basic understanding of what’s going on, you’ll be fine.

Mckenzie Harrison – College is an investment in yourself and in your future. I encourage you to have as much fun as possible, but to always push yourself to excel in academics. The time goes so much faster than you realize, so get out of your comfort zone, and stay true to yourself. Try new things, purposefully have conversations with people who have differing opinions, educate yourself on anything and everything, and most of all realize you are 100% capable of doing what you set your mind to. It is so important that you start healthy habits your first year, because they tend to follow you the next three. Knowing your self worth and staying confident will help you navigate these years. It’s okay to ask for help, to be homesick, to be discouraged by all the new work, to go to counseling, and/or tutoring.


SBA Elections Today

Class elections for SBA will be happening today during Advisory.
All positions are unopposed except for Senior Class President, and Parliamentarian. Juniors Carter Thomas and Talisa McKinley will be running against each other for Senior Class President, and junior Laura Sherill and sophomore Henry Clark will be competing for the role of Parliamentarian.
Voting will start at the conclusion of speeches. Winners will be announced Friday after school. 

Future Of Halibut

A halibut being caught. Photo taken by Carter Thomas

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

Two anglers decided to rent a boat and go halibut fishing. After the long day of reeling in their limits, they headed back to the dock. They pulled up right next to Rick Collins’ boat, packed with four out-of-state fishermen. They watched as they unloaded 4 halibut averaging 25-30 lbs each (all under the legal limit of 38” each). Then, his clientes watched the 2 fisherman, mouths drooling, as the two of them heaved and pulled out 4 big ones, averaging 60 pounds a fish. Under the current system and regulations, this happens constantly, leaving guided fisherman and their captains unhappy. Some aim to balance the playing field and even up the regulations between the two sectors.

New Regulations

Since the implementation of the catch sharing plan in Jan of 2014, there seems to have been an increase in the number of rental boats. New legislation has been proposed to register all rental boats, and align the rental fleet’s catch limit with the charter fleet. Initial discussions on this legislation will be discussed during the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s (North Council) next meeting in October. Because halibut is a federally regulated fish, the State of Alaska cannot discriminate between resident and non-resident. Instead, new regulation must target means and methods of fishing. Jeff Wedekine, a board member on the Alaska Charter Association and owner of Chinook Shores Lodge in Ketchikan, supports the registry as long as it isn’t too time consuming or cost prohibitive.

“There is a proposal to identify how many rental boats there are by making them register, and then within that proposal was also a secondary proposal to align the rental boat catch limits with the charter boat catch limit,” said Wedekine. “I’m all for them wanting to register the boats as long as they can do it in a manner that’s not going to cost us a ton of time and a ton of money unnecessarily.”

Although Wedekine supports the registery, he does not agree with the alignment of the charter and rental catch because of the lack of data on the issue.

“I am not for aligning our catch with the charter boats because we have no idea how many fish we are actually catching.”

Andy Mezirow, a charter representative on the North Council, said that even though he doesn’t have hard proof, he believes a registration and limiting entry is vital to fixing the issue.

“We need to at least create a registration and probably are going to need to limit entry to the existing participants so that there isn’t a continued growth in that sector,” said Mezirow. “There has been a large growth of rental boats since the catch sharing plan was put into place. We have to figure out how many of them there are.”

Each year an annual catch limit is established for each management area.  Estimated harvest by subsistence and recreational anglers is taken out before the remaining quota is divided between guided recreational and commercial fishermen as outlined in the catch sharing plan.  Forest Braden, a charter operator and the executive director at Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO), believes subsistence might not be a legitimate way of living nowadays.

“I think in times of low abundance, there should be regulation for everyone using the resource. I’m not sure subsistence is truly subsistence in southeast right now,” said Braden. “The way I hear some people using it, it seems to me like everyone needs to be careful (with the resource) in times of low abundance.”

No Data

One issue many have with the proposal to decrease the rental fleet catch is that there is little-to-no data on how much fish they are catching or how big the fleet is. Mezirow said that the fleet is rapidly growing in the eyes of local alaskans.

““That’s just my hunch, and I don’t have facts to back that up, but when I talk to people in Southeast Alaska there are a lot of new rental boats.”

Wedekine said that he believes the North Council may be making up an issue to reduce the catch.

“They are scared that people are using the rental boats as a way to circumvent the charter rules,” said Wedekine. “I think they are making up an issue that doesn’t really exist in an effort to reduce our catch.”

Wedekine also said the reason rental boat business owners are so upset is because of the lack of data. It seems to them the North Council is targeting their fleet.

“There is absolutely no data or proof that people in rental boats catch any more fish than people that are just fishing in there own boat or a borrowed boat,” said Wedekine. “It sounds like they are creating a lot of concern without any data. That’s where a lot of the rental boat guys are having heartburn.”        

Local Businesses Effected

Alaska businesses have already felt the negative impacts of lower fish regulations. Some guided fishing business owners have started offering some non-guided options to retain clients who were looking for more opportunity.  Braden, Wedekine, and many other business owners in this sector believe the proposal would hurt their business further.

“As a charter operator, I have lost clients to non-guided operations because the limits matter to them. It has hurt my business severly,” said Braden. “I’ve lost people to non-guided operations and i’ve just plain lost people because the regulations are too strict.”  Operators like Braden are worried that these additional regulations on non-guided boats will further impact their businesses.

Jeff Wedekine takes it even a step further.

“If they aligned the catches, many people will have to throw back the only halibut they catch all week. The charter boats have an edge because they know where the small fish are, and run 30 miles to do it. Most of the rental boat guys have no idea where to find these fish,” said Wedekine. “I think it would be a disaster for our clientele. People would get very frustrated and possibly not return.”

Other Alternatives

There are other alternatives that may be more attractive to some Alaskans. Mezirow would like to see a different approach for the rental fleet, like lowering the limit over time instead of aligning the bag catch with the charter fisherman immediately.

““There are a broad range of alternatives from no action to creating a registration and aligning the bag limit with charters, which I think is probably a harsh way to go about it,” said Mezirow. “ I’d like to see a softer landing for the rental boats, like lowering the bag limit incrementally over time.”     

Mezirow also said that he would like if the council took a broader view and encapsulated more fisherman, such as yachts and condos into the proposal.

“I think what they need to do is create a regulation that takes a broader look at it, because it’s not just rental boats,” said Mezirow. “There are also Yachts that come up and operate as time shares or condos. There are all these variations of businesses that profit from retaining halibut.”

Some Alaskans think that a “one fish for all” recipe would be the most beneficial outcome. Wedekine said that he is all for conservation and sharing, but that the rental fleet shouldn’t be targeted.

“ If the halibut population is that bad, maybe they should go one fish for everybody, whether they are renting a boat or not,” said Wedekine. “I understand sharing and conservation, but I don’t understand targeting a specific group and making them the bad guy.”

Mezirow and the other 10 voting board members on the North Council will discuss and potentially vote on these issues in October.

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