Tag: halibut

Federal judge to rule on reduction in trawler halibut bycatch 

A U.S. District court judge is expected to issue a decision this spring on a lawsuit filed by the Groundfish Forum challenging a National...

Pacific halibut quota declines

On the final day of its 100th annual meeting in Anchorage on Friday, Jan. 26, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) again lowered the...

Halibut Commission marks 100th birthday

Members of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will gather at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage Jan. 22-26 for the 100th session of...

Fish Factor: Halibut, sablefish and Tanner crab fisheries underway

March means more fishing boats are out on the water with the start of the Pacific halibut and sablefish (black cod) fisheries on March 6, followed by Alaska’s first big herring fishery at Sitka Sound. A Tanner crab fishery kicked off on March 1 at Prince William Sound with a 61,800-pound catch limit. It could run through March 31 unless the quota is taken earlier.

NPFMC ponders changes in the halibut catch sharing plan

When the North Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted its halibut Catch Share Plan back 2014, charter operators were granted 125% of their historic catch at low levels of abundance, with that additional 25% coming out of quota for the commercial longline sector.

Fish Factor: Alaska seaweed farming shows great potential

The U.S. grows less than one-hundredth of one percent of the world’s $6 billion seaweed market but Alaska has the goods to grow into a major contributor.

Fish Factor: Lawmakers push to get tough on trade policies

Seafood is Alaska’s biggest export by far and lawmakers are getting tough on trade policies that unfairly trounce global sales.

Cool phase forecast out for GOA in 2022

Even as the Gulf of Alaska concludes a second consecutive non-marine heatwave year, with average ocean temperatures on the surface and at depth, impacts of four years of marine heatwave period are continuing to impact the Gulf ecosystem.

Fish Factor: Sockeye salmon prices near record highs, boosting harvester paychecks

Strong global and U.S. demand for sockeye salmon has pushed prices to near record highs and boosted fishermen’s paychecks.

New restrictions would cut halibut bycatch in groundfish fisheries

A six-year battle over the incidental catch of an estimated 2.8 million pounds of halibut annually by trawlers in the Bering Sea has prompted federal fisheries managers to put new regulations in place to curb that harvest by up to 35 percent.
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