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Fish Factor: Fishery managers deciding to cut halibut bycatch by 50 percent

 


Nowhere in the world do people have as much opportunity to speak their minds to fish policy makers as they do in Alaska. As decision day approaches, a groundswell of Alaska voices is demanding that fishery overseers say bye-bye to halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea.

They are speaking out against the more than six million pounds of halibut that are dumped overboard each year as bycatch in trawl fisheries that target flounders, rockfish, perch, mackerel and other groundfish (not pollock).

The bycatch levels, which are set by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), have not been c...



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