Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sport fishermen limited to one halibut in Southeast Alaska during 2011 season

Sport fishermen on charter boats off southeast Alaska will be limited to one halibut each per day under a new rule that federal managers said will help preserve dwindling stocks.

The rule, adopted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Service, adheres to guidelines established by the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the U.S.-Canada group that oversees halibut fishing in the North Pacific Ocean.

The new rule, which also restricts fish caught to be 37 inches or smaller, follows several increasingly strict curbs on sport harvests of halibut, which have been consistently too high in the waters off southeast Alaska, said Julie Speegle, spokeswoman for NOAA in Alaska.

Fishermen were not limited on the size of the fish last year.

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