Final Rule for Abundance-Based Management of Halibut in the Bering Sea Published Last Week
On November 22, NOAA Fisheries published Amendment 123 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area. It is a final rule after nearly a decade of work among industry stakeholders at the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Recommended by the council two years ago, it would bring halibut bycatch — taken by bottom trawl gear while targeting other species — to be managed by stock abundance in the area, just as halibut caught with longline ...
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