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Fish Factor: First time in decades fishing regions not met with decline in halibut

 

February 2, 2017



More Pacific halibut will be going to market this year due to an overall boost in the harvests for the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska. The coast wide catch of 31.4 million pounds reflects a 5.1 percent increase, and for the first time in decades, not a single fishing region met with a decline in halibut catches.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, overseer of the stocks since 1923, released the heartening news on Friday.

Halibut catch limits are determined by summer surveys at more than 1,200 stations from Oregon to the Aleutians. In 2016, the results showed the stock had...



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