Tag Archives: Halibut

The Alaska Fisheries Report

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Maggie Wall/KMXT Coming up this week’s Alaska Fisheries Report… In Juneau, legislators debate the merits of raising the fuel tax. A measure would require skippers to collect taxes from their crew and send it to the State Revenue Department. And the Senate Resources Committee hears from several Alaskans nominated for the Board of Fish. Meanwhile, on the other side of ... Read More »

Nonprofit Delivers Halibut to Communities in Alaska

Box of frozen halibut. Kayla Desroches/KMXT

Jim Harmon, executive director of SeaShare. Kayla Desroches/KMXT Kayla Desroches/KMXT A Washington-based nonprofit that takes unintended catch from Alaska trawl fisheries and donates it to all 50 states just completed its fifth mission flying the fish from Kodiak to Kotzebue. This is also the second year they’ve transported donations to Nome. Volunteers distribute the boxes comprised of bycatch and incidentally ... Read More »

The Alaska Fisheries Report 11-13 August 2016

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Brian Mattson, with the 396 pound halibut caught near Petersburg. (photo/Abbey Collins) Coming up this week, we find out how the humpies are running in Southeast, a Sitka chef will represented Alaska in the annual national seafood cook-off, and it may not have been the biggest halibut ever, but if you had a barn that needed a door, the halibut they ... Read More »

Bycatch Reduction the Result of Coordinated Effort

Jay Barrett/KMXT There was a huge effort by commercial and charter fishermen from one end of the Gulf of Alaska to another to convince the North Pacific Fishery Management Council that bycatch of halibut needed to be reduced. Alaska Marine Conservation Council Kodiak Outreach Coordinator Theresa Peterson – who is also a commercial fisherman with halibut quota – says the ... Read More »

NPFMC Reduces Halibut Bycatch Nearly 700,000 Pounds

Jay Barrett/KMXT The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Friday to reduce halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska by 15 percent, the maximum amount under consideration during its meeting here in Kodiak. The cuts to the trawl and longline fleets will be phased in over three years. The reduction passed on a 10-1 vote, with Dave Benson of Washington ... Read More »

Final Action Expected on Halibut Bycatch Reduction

Jay Barrett/KMXT Reduction to halibut bycatch in the trawl and hook-and-line Pacific cod fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska will be a hot topic at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting this week in Kodiak. Currently, there are approximately 5-million pounds of inadvertently-caught halibut tossed overboard each year. The options before the council are cuts to that number of ... Read More »

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