Catch limits for Pacific halibut are 10.3% lower than last year across all user groups – including commercial and recreational fishermen. Altogether, they’re allowed to catch 36.97 million pounds of halibut overall, which is about 4.2 million pounds less than last year.

Kurt Iverson is a fishery management specialist with NOAA Fisheries. He says that doesn’t tell the whole story; It wasn’t a drop in catch limits for all areas.

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