IPHC Meeting Underway, Scientists Detail Concerns Over Stock Assessments

Photo by the National Marine Fisheries Service

Halibut management scientists this week reprised concerns that they’ve been overestimating halibut stocks for several years and repeated their recommendation for a 19 percent overall cut to the coast wide catch for this year. As a region though, Southeast would see a small increase after six years of dropping quotas. The International Pacific Halibut Commission’s meeting is underway this week in Anchorage.

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