Maybe someone out there can answer a question about the conservation of halibut stocks in Cook Inlet. I have often wondered why the Inlet charter associations and derby sponsers have ALWAYS based there derbys on the size of the fish. Given the fact that each time you catch and remove a halibut over 100 lbs, there's a good chance you are killing the female brood stock for future generations. - it seems counter productive. I would suggest the charter associations step up to the plate and start tagging and/or microchiping several hundred fish a year and base there awards on that system. This data would give the biologists a valuable tool about the health and movement of the stocks. I know there is a system being used in other parts of the country where fish are tagged and the data is entered on the internet about the size, tagging location Etc. Anyone that catches that fish can also enter the the same data. Anyone that's fished Cook Inlet and seen the catches coming in knows that the number of fish being landed each year over 100 pounds has significantly dropped in the last ten years. After all if your stocking the freezer a 40-60 pound fish is better in my opionion anyway. Maybe a slot limit to protect the brood stocks needs to be started?
Places close to shore where you used to be able to catch large halibut, no longer have the average sizes they used to. If you drive thru Nilnilchik and see the charter catches hanging on the racks, you are not seeing anywhere near the number of 100 pound fish you seen 10-12 years ago.
If they don't do something soon - it will be like the king crab that used to be caught from the old docks in Homer in the 70s- GONE