Catch shares for halibut charters set to begin in Southeast, Central GOA – NOAA to implement halibut catch sharing plan in 2014

FISH-With-Mic-Logo-GRAPHIC-303-x-400-e1360148757522NOAA Fisheries is implementing a halibut catch sharing plan for the commercial and charter halibut fisheries in Southeast Alaska (Area 2C) and the Central Gulf of Alaska (Area 3A).  Prior to the catch sharing plan, the charter sector was managed under a guideline harvest level—a management program that was not optimal in preventing fishing overages when harvest of halibut by recreational anglers on charter vessels increased in areas 2C and 3A beginning in the late 1990s. [email protected]  15:40