Halibut bycatch the topic of Seattle workshop
Brainstorming over halibut bycatch is the theme of a two day workshop this week in Seattle.
Topping the discussions: the methods used to collect bycatch numbers and the accuracy of the data.
Setting a precedent: the IPHC and NPFMC working together to reduce the estimated 10 million pounds of halibut taken as bycatch and discarded in Alaska’s fisheries.
“As far as I know, this meeting represents a first ever joint effort by the two bodies to meet together to discuss current "science" and/or research,” said Duncan Fields of Kodiak, a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management...