Retired executive Jeffery Scott Fraser co-manages the historic Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, which he and his wife restored before reopening it to the public. Visitors to Jeffery S. Fraser’s lodge may participate in a wide variety of outdoor activities, including sport fishing for Pacific halibut, one of two major species of sport fish in Alaska.
A large flatfish found from the Alaskan Bering Sea to the waters of Northern California, the Pacific halibut can grow up to 9 feet long and reach a maximum weight of 500 pounds. Its underwater habitat varies in depth along the continental shelf, ranging from inshore to an approximate depth of 450 meters. Sport and commercial fishers consider the Pacific halibut a prized catch due to its delectable meat, and chefs find it is suitable for a range of cooking techniques.
Options for halibut fishing in Alaska include guided and unguided sport fishing, although participation in both forms requires anglers to abide by a series of regulations set forth by Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, state fisheries, and international fish councils. Additionally, regulations for guided sport fishing undergo annual revision by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
A retired executive with over two decades of experience in information technology and business leadership, Jeffery Scott Fraser spends his time co-managing the historic Tsaina Lodge in Valdez, Alaska, with his wife. Jeffery S. Fraser enjoys fishing in his spare time and takes advantage of Alaska’s prime fishing terrain through a sports fishing license with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). The ADF&G releases updated fishing regulations summary booklets annually that feature a cover photo selected through an annual contest.
The ADF&G encourages residents and visitors alike to take their families fishing and capture memories on camera for a chance to see their child featured on the Sports Fishing Regulations Summary cover. Contests maintain an ongoing theme of highlighting what sports fishing means to young people and their families, and entries must feature individuals under the age of 18 as their primary subject. Additionally, the contest will only accept photos taken in Alaska during a sports fishing trip using hook and line or rod fishing methods.
Sponsored by the ADF&G, the Sport Fish Division, and the Aquatic Education Program, the cover photo contest closes annually on October 5. Entries must accompany a signed release form the photographer and subjects. Submissions must also include the names and ages of people in the photo, the location and date taken, and the contestant’s contact information.
Jeffery Scott Fraser founded the National Information Consortium and Kansas Information Consortium in the 1990s as companies that provided individual and corporate clients with efficient ways of interacting with the government via the Internet.