Charter operators may have to lease halibut quota shares

Charter operators who take clients out to fish for halibut may have to start leasing quota share from the commercial fleet – at least in Southeast Alaska and possibly in Southcentral. That’s the latest response by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to ongoing pressure to curtail the growth of the charter catch – which is costing the commercial fleet fish, under the current system.

Steve Heimel, APRN – Anchorage