Halibut Catches Increase for 2019
This is Alaska Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Holy halibut!
Contrary to all expectations, commercial halibut catches were increased for 2019 for all but one Alaska region – the Western Gulf of Alaska.
The numbers were revealed Friday at the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting in Victoria, British Columbia.
“The reasons for increases almost across the board were due to estimates of the overall biomass being up based on expanded surveys done last summer.”
Doug Bowen runs Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.
“There’s a couple of stronger year classes 2011/2012 that are...
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