By Allan R. (Rudy) McGillvray
February 09, 2011
Now I have no objection to tourists supporting our fisheries by charter; but if you want to know where the commercially available halibut are going, it rests with the size limits, being imposed on the halibut charter fleet. In that they are a commercial operation, they should be restricted to a size of fish no LESS THAN 32". Not less than 37"long; which is where the commercial size fish come from.
Halibut are not born either under or over 32" in length. They actually grow from spat size to harvestable size over a period of about 7-8 years. Now, if all the 'sporties' are restricted in size to less than commercially available to others (commc'l fishers) then your quota size will drop because they, the resource is being overfished. Then no one will have an oportunity to fish for them.
The size of harvestable halibut should be the same for everyone, a 'sportie' or a commercial fisherman. A regulatory agency did set the minimum size allowable, at 32", due to the fact they found that to be a size which would allow for replacement of the resource.
Yours for lots of Halibut,
Allan R. (Rudy) McGillvray
About: "Long-time Alaskan and a former commc'l halibut fisherman"
Received February 06, 2011 - Published February 09, 2011
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