Alaska Fish Factor: Pacific halibut stock from California to Bering Sea continues decline
December 6, 2018
Alaska fishermen are bracing for more cuts to their halibut harvest next year.
Results of this year’s surveys showed that the Pacific stock from California to the Bering Sea continues to decline, and will likely result in lower catches.
“We estimate that the stock went down until around 2010 from historical highs in the late 1990s. It increased slightly over the subsequent five years and leveled out around 2015 or 2016 and has been decreasing slowly in spawning biomass (total weight of mature fish to catch) since then,” said Ian Stewart, lead stock assessment scientist with the Intern...