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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...

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