Alaska Recreational Anglers Win Battle for Two-Halibut Daily Limit
Washington, D.C. - June 20, 2008 - Judge Rosemary Collyer granted a preliminary injunction here today on a lawsuit eleven charter halibut fishermen filed June 2 against Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez. The preliminary injunction will remain until Judge Collyer rules on the merits of the case, most likely after the end of the summer fishing season. The judge's ruling means that recreational anglers fishing from charter boats in Southeast Alaska will now be able to fish under last year's bag limits, which permitted one halibut of any size and one halibut 32 inches or less per day.
"We are thrilled with the judge's decision," said Scott Van Valin, owner of El Capitan Lodge who is a co-founder of the Charter Halibut Task Force and lead plaintiff in the case.