Last year, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) adopted a policy to tie halibut trawl bycatch limits in the Bering Sea to abundance, rather than a flat number. In December, an organization representing groundfish trawlers sued NMFS in US District Court.
While the Bering Sea is far from Sitka, trawl bycatch of halibut impacts Sitka’s fisheries since halibut born in the Bering sea migrate to Southeast waters. 

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