Tap into your reserves ?
Ok, most of us know that the PFBC needs a license increase, that's not disputed. Some of us also know that the legislators refuse to grant an increase, as long as Arway remains the Director. It's also not disputed that Arway made a mistake by stating he will close a couple hatcheries, in order to meet the 2 million dollar cut that the commissioners are asking the PFBC to make. Those hatcheries he chose, are in the region of legislators not willing to grant a license increase. NOW, it is said that the PFBC has 60 million in "reserve". What is that money ear-marked for ? Emergencies ? Is it an "emergency", that hatcheries are going to fold up, unless more money is received ? Let's face it, stocking programs, and fish rearing, are the PFBC's bread and butter. Without it, they're kaput. Why not tap into some of the reserve money, and keep the hatcheries up and viable ? At least until Arway is out, and the rats grant a license increase.
To be honest, I've questioned some of his decisions in the past. I'm sure his heart is in the right place, but some leadership decisions were lacking on his part. I believe he said some years ago, that he was NOT for a license increase, as the result typically means less license buyers. Then there was the $1 off a license, in hopes of recruiting/retaining more fisherman. What person is going to base a purchase decision, on a $1 savings ? THAT resulted in the loss of nearly 1 million dollars. THAT would have went a ways in supplementing hatchery costs.
Last edited by Fleroo; 05-31-2018 at 08:33 AM.