My wife and I are in a discussion about breeder halibut. How those massive #200+ halibut are the breeders and should not be retained to eat, and would be more beneficial to release for breeding. I totally understand when you get a 100+ ponder on the surface and you have to shoot her in the face before you bring her on board due to her size. YES it gets everyone rocked, and gets the juices flowing, but is it good for the Alaskan environment?
I have been in Homer, and seen the massive 50+ passenger boat go out to flat island and slaughter chickens twice a day, everyday throughout the summer. It is kind of sad, but there I was with my four people doing the same thing at the same hole they were. Bottom line is, when are they going to run out for us? When are they going to place those crappy regs we all complain about against the rec fisherman? Do they mess with the commies, or charter guy's quotas as well? We should see regs about not retaining those massive 200+ pound fish.
If killing BIG halibut is a problem, why is there still a halibut derby? Every year there are massive 300+ pounders killed in Homer, Seward, and Valdez derbies. It is that kind of thing just motivating people to kill the big ones to post pictures on their facebooks? Or is it just another big money/political thing that drives those types of tourneys for tourism? I have seen how people are throwing on some layers and jumping in the water with these monsters to take the pictures instead of hitting it with a harpoon. it is little things like this that i think could change the fishing competitions. Now with swordfish tourneys, judges ride with the boats just so people aren't killing the fish. I am not saying that is the answer, i am just saying these derbies might be hurting the fishing, and the idea of sportsmanship in AK.