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Halibut bycatch limit reduced by 25 percent in Bering Sea

 


JUNEAU (AP) — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is asking pollock and cod trawlers in the Bering Sea to cut halibut bycatch by a fourth.

The Juneau Empire reports Sunday afternoon's 6-3 vote didn't give halibut fisherman the 41-percent reduction they wanted and frustrated trawlers targeting other fish who say they've voluntarily put measures in place to avoid bycatch.

Two council members recused themselves from the vote because of their jobs in the fishing industry.

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