Anchorage Daily News
By Lane Welch
April 28, 2012
It has taken a quarter of a century, but fishery managers are finally poised to take action to reduce the 5 million pounds of halibut allowed to be taken as bycatch in Gulf of Alaska fisheries. Industry watchers are hoping that public comments will sway them to make the largest of the proposed cuts.
About 2,300 metric tons of halibut bycatch is allowed in the Gulf groundfish fisheries. That is further broken down to 2,000 metric tons for the trawl sector and 300 metric tons for hook and line fisheries, primarily the cod fleet. Those are the two fisheries that have the largest halibut bycatch.