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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 20, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Changes in halibut fishing regulations possible for southeast Alaska

Rob Endsley, local radio outdoors host and owner of Prince of Wales Sportfishing out of Craig, Alaska reports some good news for halibut fishing in the 2012 season.

Endsley says they’ve recently recieved some good news from the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council regarding the 2012 charter halibut quota in Southeast Alaska.

The NPFMC recommends dropping the 37-inch rule that resulted in the Southeast Alaska charter fleet catching only 51-percent of its quota in 2011, and replacing it with a reverse slot limit.

The slot limit would mean that charter anglers can retain a halibut under 45-inch or over 68-inch. This recommendation has been submitted to the IPHC and will be voted on in January.

“This rule translates to a halibut under 43 pounds or over 163 pounds and is much, much better for our guests visiting us in 2012 that what we saw last summer,” Endsley said.

“This is welcome halibut news and we’re looking forward to getting a solid king and silver salmon forecast this spring also. Many of you experienced the tremendous salmon fishing we had last summer and the “buzz” is that we should expect much the same in 2012.”

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