Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 6:23 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Give halibut fishery a future

Please take the time to write or sign onto a letter about reducing halibut bycatch for the trawl fleet. Halibut bycatch is the fish the trawl fleet in the Gulf of Alaska throws over the side while targeting other species of fish. Right now they take 2 metric tons (5 million pounds) of little halibut (15 -23 inches). This cap has been in place since 1989. For every one pound of halibut bycatch that is left in the water between two and five pounds of spawning fish would be left to make the future halibut stocks.

There is a meeting on June 7 in Kodiak to vote for either a 5 pecent, 10 percent or 15 percent reduction of bycatch. We are all advocating for a 15 percent reduction. All other halibut fisheries have taken large cuts due to the decline in fish size.

Please take a minute to go to this website and write even a sentence or two or just sign on to the letter provided by May 29. The website for the sign on letter is www.akmarine.org/donate-to-amcc/our-work/conserve-fisheries-marine-life/reduce-halibut-bycatch-in-the-gulf-of-alaska or you can send a letter toNorth Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252. The fax number is (907)-271-2817.

Thank you for being part of the future of the halibut fishery.

Chris Donich

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