I see that the release mortality is very likley going to be counted in the allocation to the charter sector. I started looking around the internet and found that in some fisheries they require fish to be released without leaving the water. From that I found some commercial dehooking devices and went a head a bought one. I will report back on how it works. I guess it stands to reason, that if a fish is never lifted from the water, it is more likely to survive as it's slime coat is intact. In addition, like humans, I am sure fish would rather not have all their body weight hung from their jaw bone which is exactly what happens when we rail a 50 pound fish to unhook it.
Here is the site: www.dehooker4arc.com
or the exact model I got was:
I am looking at how these fisheries determined that the release mortality is being reduced. If it is viable for some fisheries maybe it will work for halibut and lingcod.