National Fisherman


This year's halibut fishery is all over. The eight-month season ended on Nov. 7, a week earlier than usual.
 
Preliminary numbers show there was more than a million pounds left of the nearly 22-million-pound harvest.
 
Kodiak processors called the season "scratchy." Fishermen seemed to agree.
 
"As a whole it was kind of slow fishing," said Rick Turvey, skipper of the Big Blue. "There is fish out there; they are just harder to get and they don't seem like they are getting big. There are a lot of small fish."
 
Prices to Kodiak fishermen averaged about $4.50 for the season, but ended as high as $5.65.
 
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