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  • drop the limit to one

    6 20.00%
  • leave it at two but one must be over 32in

    13 43.33%
  • leave it at two but have a slot limit over and under

    11 36.67%
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Thread: halibut limits for guides poll

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    Default halibut limits for guides poll

    this is just for guided fishing thher needs to be a balance too protect the resorce and not harme the industry thes are some of the options that have been submitid.
    Last edited by Bent fin; 03-19-2007 at 11:33.

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    Slot limits would. I do belive it would improve the fishery
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    Something needs to be done. That is a given...

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    Default Only one option

    The only viable option there is One fish limit, because without more fish for sportsmen, the other two will simply raise the average weight up from 18.5 pounds and use up the existing GHL faster. Less than 10% of the total catch is not enough for a sustainable Halibut fishery for all recreational fishermen of Alaska.
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    Default Whats the point?

    What is the point of a slot limit letting large and small fish go?
    It will not reduce the harvest
    It will increase release mortality
    It will increase the average sized fish therefore increasing the harvest

    I would say the answer is increasing the allocation and limiting entry.

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    Slot limits produce better qulaity fish.
    limiting the number of big fish (females ) coming back to the dock on one boat will help inncrease the chances of more offspring.
    Example

    0-60 Allowed one
    61-85 must be released

    86 and over. 1 per boat.

    Other states do this with certain fish. If I rember right Florida does it with the reds
    and I know Maryland has done it with there Stripers......
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    Default Slot limits

    AK Gray, they do produce a better quality of fish and if conservation on the biomass was a concern it would make sense.

    However, since the charter fleet is not catching that many of the fish in the biomass, I don't think it will make that big a difference.

    I would say that if the slot was 32 - 70 inches for commercial, recreational and charter then you would be seeing some big fish being caught and let go to fight free another day

    Check out this hog ( well over 300) that my friend from Profish-n-Sea Charters caught and released last year:
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    WOW what a hogg.. So what were the GPS cord on that spot?


    I hear what you are sayinf and would have to agree.
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    I like the slot limit the big ones are not that good eating they lay millions of eggs a year. its easy too catch limits of chikens.there are times when a 32 inch fish is real hard too come buy expecaly if the weather wont coperate. i think it will reduce the number of fish cought and save some sponers. and the guest will still go home with good quality fish.

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    32" minimum on all fish and 1 fish over 70"es would be pretty fair I believe.

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    Wink oooh! oooh! i have an idea...

    how about the GHL increases proportianate to any commercial quota share increase?
    if the com fleet gets another x% more, so does the charter fleet.
    aww...it'll never fly...sounds too fair <grin>
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    Default What about the release

    It would be nice to let more of the bigger fish go, however one of the problems would be not everyone thinks that big fish should be released, and those people would want all the fish in the 70's range be checked. Alot of the charter boats do not run with a deck hand and would have a hard time measuring big fish like the one in the pic, not all fish are as docile as that one, it would just be another way for someone to get hurt out on the boat. I agree with AKCAPT that the charter fleet is not affecting the biomass of fish enough to really make that much of a difference,
    just my .02 cents though.

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    I can't believe that the halibut charter business' don't take a big chunk out of the halibut population. You can see hundreds of fish hanging each day at almost every place where they fish for them. Seward, Deep Creek, Anchor, Homer... doing this everyday (some charters twice per day) and that means thousands and thousands of fish per season. Combine this with the commercial catch and it is no wonder we are traveling 2, 3 and 4 times further out to find fish these days. It has to make a difference! Maybe I'm the only one who has been catching smaller and smaller fish, further and further out each year for the past decade or so... Oh for the good old days. they are gone forever...

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