In Alaska halibut game, greed often triumphs

Posted by Nils Sullivan:  A  debate is raging in my home town of Homer, Alaska over its most valuable resource. Nicknamed the “Halibut fishing capitol of of the world” it’s obvious how important halibut is to the economy of the town. Tourists travel from abroad and are willing to pay a handsome fee in order to  go on a halibut fishing charter. Commercial halibut fishermen also reap rewards from the prized flatfish earning their income from quota caught. Unfortunately there are not enough of the fish to go around; declining fish stocks have lead to measure to cut down on the allowable charter catch from 2 to 1 halibut per customer. The measure has angered many who feel the commercial fishery has the greatest impact.,2

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