Today: North Pacific council pursues halibut bycatch reductions

23523_354387901211_7651997_aThe action came after public testimony from directed fishers calling for a reduction in bycatch, and an Advisory Panel report that asked for emergency regulations. This year, the directed fishery took a significant cut to the quota in Areas 4CDE, and another cut will likely occur next year. Those quotas are set by the Interntional Pacific Halibut Commission, and are based on the stock status. The council, however, is responsible for halibut bycatch in other fisheries. Read more here 20:22

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