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The International Pacific Halibut Commission has cut the bag limit to one fish for part of the summer in southcentral and southeast Alaska. Commercial fishing interests point out that the charter fleet has consistently gone over its quota for several years. Sport fishing interests point out that the commercial fleet has the lion's share of available fish.
The decision will become regulation upon signature of the US Secretary of State, although court action is possible.
Read the entire story in the Anchorage Daily News >>>
In a related opinion article, Anchorage Daily News outdoors writer Craig Medred wrote "The people who manipulated the political system to make halibut into a luxury item priced almost out of reach of the average consumer are at it again. To keep their lock on 90 percent of Alaska's flatfish catch, commercial fishing interests are now going after John Q. Angler."
Medred points out the disparity of catch between the huge catches of the commercial fleet and the much smaller catches of the charter fleet.
Read the entire story in the Anchorage Daily News Outdoors section >>>
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