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Wednesday, November 9, 2011
No justification to cut halibut catch
According to the report published in the Homer News on Oct. 27, the International Pacific Halibut Commission's own statistics state that guided sport fishermen, ie. charter fishermen, caught 950,000 pounds under the "guideline harvest level" set by the IPHC for Area 3A which is Cook Inlet. This is the third year in a row that the charter fishermen's halibut catch was less than the IPHC "guideline harvest level" for charter fishermen, according to IPHC's own statistics. So, what justification is there for the push to reduce the halibut charter sport fisherman's daily catch-limit by 50 percent from two fish to one? I can think of only one reason.