Archive of: Fishery Stories



February Issue 3 2015

Council adds 50% option for bycatch cut

SEATTLE — In January, the International Pacific Halibut Commission put a Band-Aid on a Bering Sea halibut situation that needs a blood transfusion from the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Halibut fishermen earned a breather in 2015, with slightly raised allocations all around and a status quo 1.285 million pounds for the central Bering Sea quota holders, but the bulk of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s February meeting took a look at every way possible to get those numbers higher.

February Issue 3 2015

CDQ forgoes flats in 2015

February Issue 2 2015

Following a decade of decline, halibut harvest will increase in 2015

After a decade of crashing catch limits, 2015 offers a glimmer of hope for halibut fishermen, with raised harvest levels and regulatory collaboration for new methods and practices. The International Pacific Halibut Commission closed their annual meeting by raising the harvest allocation for the first time since 2004, which should be a sigh of relief for ailing Alaska halibut fishermen but especially the aggrieved Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands directed halibut fishery.