The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would place lower limits on halibut by-catch in Alaskan fisheries.

The plan would reduce halibut by-catch limits in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands halibut fishery by 21%, which would lower by-catch levels to 3,515 metric tons.

NOAA's proposal would change the existing fishery management plan to include Amendment 111, that would cut halibut by-catch limits in the fishery in four sectors.

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