NOAA Announces New Halibut Regulations
NOAA Fisheries Service says halibut numbers in Southeast Alaska are decreasing and hopes new rules will help replenish halibut stock.
While commercial fishermen are starting up their engines today, charter fleets and sports fishermen will find new limits for catching pacific halibut in Southeast Alaska.
NOAA Fisheries Service announced new regulations after the International Pacific Halibut Commission issued concern for the Alaska halibut stock.
It says lower growth rates and higher target rates are decreasing halibut numbers in Southeast Alaska.
Charter fleets and sports fisherman will continue to be limited to the one fish per-person per-day rule, and they won’t be able to catch a halibut bigger than 37 inches.
NOAA says charter fleets are constantly exceeding their harvest limit each year, so they hope the new rules will help rebuild the halibut stock for next season.