The final rule on a halibut catch-sharing plan that has been under development for years is expected to be published in time for the December meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council in Anchorage.
Meanwhile, the federal fisheries regional body is expected to give some direction during its October meeting, also in Anchorage, to the halibut charter committee, and in December, the NPFMC, with the aid of the halibut charter committee's recommendations, will make its own recommendations to the International Pacific Halibut Commission on management of the halibut fisheries.
The NPFMC notes in a halibut catch sharing plan summary now online at its website, http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/, that the catch sharing plan requires both commercial and charter sectors to share in the burden of conservation based on receiving percentage allocations of an overall catch limit. It does not reallocate halibut, relative to recent harvest levels, from the charter to the commercial sector.
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