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A look at the drop in halibut catch numbers


As expected there will be less halibut available for fishermen to catch this year – an 18% drop to 33 million pounds, to be split among fisheries along the west coast, British Columbia and Alaska. That follows a 19% cut to the catch last year.

The announcement was made at the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s annual meeting last week in Anchorage. Alaska always gets the lion’s share of the catch, which this year will be 25.5 million pounds.

Driving the fishing decreases: Pacific halibut stocks continue a decade long decline, there appears to be little recruitment of fish...

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