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Want to Run a Billion Dollar Business?Look at Wildlife!
by Greg Brown
* Down 39% from 2000 to 2009
2009 Dept of Fish and Game
Cost of Intensive Game Management
No new jobs have been created other than administrative jobs to manage IGM.
No growth in industry for more than a decade
Non Resident Hunting Licenses are down 28
% over the last 9 years
Resident hunting license revenues down 8% over the last 9 years
Stated Reasons for Intensive Game Management
Feed low income people
20% of people who buy hunting licenses fit into
this classification - less than 4% of the population
Entertainment of urban hunters
Brings in money from out of state hunters
Non Resident hunting license sales
Down 28% from 2000 to 2009
$20,000,000 annually coming into
Juneau for seeing whales.
Whales live to be more than 80 years old, so the total asset value of an individual whale
for Juneau is
$26,600,000 over the life of the whale.
A 2006 study reported that the introduction of wolves in Yellowstone National Park increased visitor numbers and expanded ecotourism spending by $35 million in 2005.
Economically, these animals are clearly worth far more alive than dead in Alaska.
I am not against hunting, but we should consider having out of state and urban hunters pay a fair value similar to the alternative market value for these animals. Alaskan hunters represent only 20% of the population and 20% of the economical wildlife market.
The total cost of IGM: $3,881,700
Cost per day is $10,634
If we go to Fred Meyer and buy rib eye at $7.99 per pound, we could give away
1,331 lbs. per day of meat or 485,819 lbs. per year for the same value.
Hunting license revenues have been
declining in the lower 48 for years.
In Alaska, hunting license revenues in total have been also been declining for a decade or more.
In the total US, the non-consumptive use of wildlife is enjoyed by over 62 million people with an expenditure of $29 billion dollars and is growing by 6 to 10% a year.
Beach at Churchill
Dissolve the Dept. of Fish and Game
Replace it with:
Alaska Department of Fish, Marine Mammals, and Wildlife Management
Mission would be to represent all Alaskans in the management of these important wildlife resources.
Grow the vibrant non-consumptive business from $581 million to $1 billion dollars in 5 years, creating over 2000 new Alaskan jobs.
Manage the consumptive business in a maintenance mode.
1- Hunting Seat
1 -Trapping Seat
1- Native Interests Seat
1- Land Non-consumptive Seat
1- Birding Non-consumptive Seat
1- Marine Non-consumptive Seat
1-Business Management Seat
Chair who would vote only if there is a tie
manufacturer (consumptive) in a
slowly declining industry?
in a high growth industry that brings
money and new jobs into Alaska and
manages all wildlife for abundance?
You are the board of directors for this
What are you going to do?