Alaska Fish Factor

Summer survey shows strength in Pacific halibut resource


December 9, 2021

Pacific halibut stock appears to be on an upswing and could result in increased catches for most regions in 2022.

At the interim meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission last week, scientists gave an overview of the summer setline survey that targets nearly 2,000 stations over three months. The Pacific resource is modeled as a single stock extending from northern California to the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea, including all inside waters through British Columbia and Alaska.

The survey showed that coastwide combined numbers per setline increased by 17% from 2020 to 2021, rever...

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