Join Now :: Our Situation
Your charter fishing business is facing a perfect storm this year. If the major decisions looming – on halibut, king salmon, and rockfish – go the wrong way, a lot of charter fishing businesses will be on the rocks.
Consider the cost of one bad regulation change: What happens to your bottom line as you lose one 3-day/4-night booking here, then another there? How about a 10% drop in your bookings because some of your regulars no longer consider your package a good value?
You know the old story: In Southeast, we guides have always tried to go it alone or do it on the cheap. No professional help, no organized approach, no long-term thinking or presence.
You know the old results: No seat at the table when major decisions are made, and decisions, even if made out of the best of intentions, that don’t take the special role and needs of charter fishing into account, because we weren’t effective at making our needs known.
Don’t accept the old way anymore.
SEAGO is now your voice, and best hope, to be heard and to hammer out sound, sustainable regulations.
SEAGO represents all the interests of charter fishing in Southeast Alaska – all the issues, all the time. So, your dues are a great long-term investment in your business.
SEAGO devotes every day to one purpose: representing your needs to regulators, legislators, fish managers, and the media. We are dedicated to preserving your fishing rights and fighting for sustainability of our resources.
Your membership will help you stay informed, speak up, and be heard. Please join us today to make our fisheries accessible and sustainable, and your business profitable, in 2010 and years to come.
- We can longer ignore the clear warning signs or just hope that things will work out. The economic health of our communities is at risk, your business is threatened, and your fishing rights are at stake. We need your support now to:
- Fight against halibut regulations that will result in less than one fish per day, and worse,
- Defeat Board of Fisheries’ proposals that will reduce allocations, restrict fisheries management policies, and limit our gear, and
- Stop bills designed to harm the guided sport fishing industry at the upcoming AK State legislative session.
- It takes time, money, and lots of dedication to defend your interests. Your financial contribution is vital to ensure your voice is heard throughout 2010.
- The world is run by those who show up. It’s that simple. If we don’t make our views known to officials they will assume we can adapt to ever increasing restrictions. SEAGO works tirelessly on your behalf promoting the tradition of sportfishing through reasonable regulations that ensure the sustainability of our businesses and fisheries.
We have simplified our fee structure into two categories, full and associate members.
What is a Full Member? - If you own the boat or lodging, you fit in the Full Membership dues category. We made the fee structure based on the size of your business which allows you to pay according to your stake in the outcomes.
- Who can be an Associate Member? - Anyone who supports SEAGO but is not a charter fishing business owner. Associate memberships are for employees of charter businesses, other business owners (i.e. local merchants, tackle stores, fuel vendors, restaurants) and individuals who support our vision. Two levels of dues allow businesses and individuals to select the right level of support.
How much are membership fees? Much less than the cost of bad regulations!
In recognition of the difficult economy, we have lowered our fees and created a flexible payment program for 2010:
Installment payment plan – pay one half of your membership fee now and the remainder at the end of the fishing season in September.
- Pay what you can – More than anything else we want your participation in SEAGO. We want your insights & ideas, comments, opinions, and your participation in our various activities.
Number of vessel(s) x $1,000
Number of lodging units (unit=housing for 1 boat or guests, i.e. 4-6 anglers) x $1,000