Fish Factor: Southeast gets small boost in halibut catch limit
February 4, 2021
Pacific halibut harvesters received some rare good news last week: Increased catches in 2021, along with a longer fishing season.
At its annual meeting that ended Jan. 25, the International Pacific Halibut Commission boosted the coastwide catch for 2021 to 39 million pounds, a 6.53% increase over last year. It includes halibut taken in commercial, sport, subsistence, research, personal-use and as bycatch for fisheries of the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska.
Almost 300 individual Pacific halibut stakeholders attended the meeting via an electronic platform.
For commercial fishermen,...