North Pacific Council Opens Reallocation Issue For Halibut Charter vs Commercial Fishermen in Alaska
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took action yesterday that reopens the specter of "uncompensated reallocation" from commercial fishermen to charter operators in Alaska. The Council adopted a Purpose and Needs Statement to analyze a revision in the halibut Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) that would increase the halibut charter sector allocation by taking from the halibut longline fleet without compensation.
The possibility of that triggered strong testimony from both charter operators and halibut fishermen -- over 130 written comments and 70 public testimonies, the majority of which ...
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