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Public Asked to Weigh in on Halibut Bycatch

September 19, 2011|by Jackie Bartz | Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The North Pacific Fishery Management Council is taking a look at the allowable bycatch for halibut caught by trawlers in the Gulf of Alaska. The Council is collecting public comment on the issue and plans to address it during it's meeting in Dutch Harbor September 26 through October 4, 2011.

There is a halibut prohibited species catch of about 5 million pounds and that has not been changed since 1986, according to the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

Over the past few years both the commercial halibut industry and sportsfishing sector have faced dramatic reductions in bag limits and quotas.  

Letters need to be received by Tuesday, September 20th the address is North Pacific Fishery Management Council 605 West 4th Avenue, Suite 306 Anchorage, AK 99501-2252 letters can also be sent to halibut@akmarine.org

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