The International Pacific Halibut Commission today approved a coastwide catch limit of 31.03 million pounds for this year. That's a reduction of over 7 percent from last year. But the cut could have been much deeper, with commissioners considering a suggested 33 percent reduction coming into the IPHC annual meeting this week in Victoria, British Columbia.
The commission set season dates of March 23 to Nov. 7.
The IPHC manages U.S. and Canadian halibut stocks. The bulk of the commercial catch comes from Alaska.
So a cut of 7 percent on top of past years reductions. I personally would have thought, and expected, a lower catch limit. I know the IPHC has gone through some staff scientist lately, but saw the report on suggested take levels. They split it out this year into catagories of risk to the biomass with various levels of take.......this high of a catch limit was suggested to have high risk. I will see if I can find the table.