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Fish Factor: Tough year ahead for Alaska fishermen


December 7, 2017

It’s going to be a tough year for many Alaska fishermen. Following on the heels of announcements of a massive drop in cod stocks, the industry learned last week that Pacific halibut catches are likely to drop by 20 percent next year, and the declines could continue for several years. That could bring the coast wide catch for 2018, meaning from Oregon to British Columbia to the Bering Sea, to about 31 million pounds.

Scientists at the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) interim meeting in Seattle revealed that survey results showed halibut numbers were down 23 percent from last...

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