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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Governor Bill Walker has officially requested that the federal government declare a disaster for four Alaska regions hurt by one of the poorest pink salmon returns in decades.

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The New England Fishery Management Council recently elected Dr. John F. Quinn of Massachusetts and E. F. “Terry” Stockwell III of Maine to serve respectively as chairman and vice chairman in the year ahead. The two have led the Council since 2014 but reversed roles this year. 

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