IPHC’s 2020 Stock Assessment Projects 6.5% Increase in Halibut Catches Possible for 2021
Pacific Halibut appears to be holding its own, with an encouraging — if small — indication that overall weight of Catch Per Unit of Effort (CPUE), a proxy for abundance, went up by 6% coastwide.
CPUE is one of hundreds of other data points that are part of an ensemble model that International Pacific Halibut Commission senior scientist Dr. Ian Stewart uses. The model has a good track record. So far, the biomass is doing as the model has predicted for the past eight years.
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