Halibut limits reduced again; may spark legal battle

The International Pacific Halibut Commission announced another significant reduction in the halibut harvest for next year. The cutback will be a heavy blow, especially for commercial longliners in Southeast who’ve seen their quotas cut steadily over the last 5 years. Lower halibut abundance in Southeast waters could also set the stage for another legal battle for charter halibut fishermen opposed to a reduction in the daily bag limit for their clients.

Robert Woolsey, KCAW – Sitka

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