Pacific Halibut Commission will set catch later this month

Pacific halibut catches for 2022 will be announced at the annual International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting held online Jan. 24-28, and fishermen are hoping for another year of increased catches when the fishery opens in early March.

Last year’s coastwide catch limit was 39 million pounds for commercial, sport, subsistence and personal-use fisheries, and bycatch, spanning from California and British Columbia to the far reaches of the Bering Sea.

Alaska always gets the lion’s share of the quota, and in 2021 fishermen holding shares of the catch took 93% of their limit — almost 20 million...


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