Halibut fishing news
By Drew Mathews
February 06, 2008
This year there will be a few changes in the halibut fishing
regulations. The regulations have not been printed yet, but they
are coming soon.
First, charter boat operators can expect a change in halibut
retention. I have not seen a final rule yet, but expect a change
to be coming.
Second, there will be a change in possession regulations concerning
filleted halibut on board a vessel this year. I have cut an pasted
a portion from the IPHC website: For Alaska, the Commission adopted
a sport regulation that no person shall possess on board a fishing
vessel, including charter vessels and pleasure craft, halibut
that has been filleted, mutilated, or otherwise disfigured in
any manner except that each halibut may be cut into no more than
two ventral and two dorsal pieces and two cheeks, all with skin
on. The change allows enforcement officers to count the number
of fish possessed by an angler. Additionally, in Area 2C the
NMFS regulation that requires charter vessels to retain halibut
carcasses remains in effect unless superseded by new NMFS regulations.
As soon as the new regulations are released, they will be available
at the NOAA/OLE office in Ketchikan, AK and on the IPHC website
For further information please contact the NOAA/OLE at 907-247-5804
Received February 05, 2008
- Published February 06, 2008
Comments due on proposed halibut charter
fishing regulations in Southeast Alaska - NOAA Fisheries has proposed regulations limiting
the guided sport harvest of Pacific halibut in Southeast Alaska.
Comments on the proposed plan, which was released on the last
day of 2007, must be received by January 30, 2008. - More...
January 25, 2008
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