Following a decade of decline, halibut harvest will increase in 2015

alaska-halibut__frontIn 2004, the coastwide Pacific halibut catch limit was 76.5 million pounds. By 2014, that had been cut 64 percent to 27.5 million pounds. On Jan. 30, the commission, an international U.S.-Canadian body that governs directed halibut fisheries, set the quotas for commercial and charter halibut industries at 29.2 million pounds total coastwide catch, 22 million pounds of which goes to the Alaska waters. The 2015 harvest limit is 6 percent more than last year. Read the rest here 18:28