If the river is on their reserve then they can and should reap some benefits. Why let the white man make money off the resource while they sit by and watch ?
I'll tell you why. I'll preface by saying I am ignorant to details on how that stretch is being overseen. But I am a potential visiting tourist, so my opinion, sought by w.r. earl....should count?
So, heres my knee-jerk, likely to incite anger, economic perspective:
Unless they can show a budget and investment of tribal monies to directly help manage that fishery, they are getting all the benefit with none of the risk.
At least guides and their clients pay into the management in some way through licensing and fees to the govmt. If they get my 300, Do they get taxed/tarriffed on that?
So if I go through there and pay the fee, what do i "get" that I didn't get before?
Whats in it for me and my 300 bucks?
What do some of the proceeds do.....Do they improve the river? the fish? stabilze the banks? the experience? do they only allow a limited number of people?
I gotta tell you. Every year my dream of spending thousands of my modest middle class income to catch a BC fish and let it go is turning from headache--- to pain in the ass.