Halibut bycatch in the Bering Sea

The Bering Sea trawlers have had the same bycatch caps for the last two decades, even as we see Halibut size and age decrease across Alaska’s catches.   There has been important decreases in the Gulf of Alaska though in past years.   A group of twelve legislators representing coastal communities recently wrote a letter to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to reduce the bycatch by 50% for the Aleutian trawlers.   This action was taken after a vote to reduce   Halibut bycatch rates at a   meeting earlier this year by NPFMC failed by one vote. Hopefully restrictions on bycatch rates will be increase as more people share there concerns with the council.




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