Halibut scientists blame ‘bad recruitment’ as a primary driver of the reduced catches. Further reductions are likely in the future.
“Further reductions are likely,” says IPHC. “Every voice supported following the science.”
Halibut bycatch comes off the top of catch limits for halibut fishermen. Bycatch by the A80 trawlers is more than the yearly catches allowed for many Alaska regions, Canada and the West Coast.
Halibut 100 years ago laid the foundation for all regional fishery management organizations active today.
Here are the fish prices that determine the fees paid by AK fishermen to cover the costs of management, enforcement and observers.
Pacific halibut catches declined overall and the stock appears to be on a downward trend for now.
Why is the NPFMC logo being used to promote the A80 bottom trawl fleet?
Important fish meetings provide loads of interesting and revealing documents.
A80 trawlers downplay and distort the bycatch saying “these killer whales are not listed as ‘threated’ or endangered species.”
After nearly 10 years of discussion by the NPFMC, trawlers will be held to the same standard as all other AK halibut users.