Written by Jen Finn
It was unusually quiet along the waterfront as the 2013 halibut fishery got under way last Saturday.
Most of the first fish landed go to Homer, Kodiak and Petersburg, and processors there said there wasn't the usual chatter.
Catch limits have been slashed again this year, the fleet is unhappy about having onboard observers for the first time, and processors are not getting much interest from buyers. The term heard a lot is "halibut fatigue."
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