Unconfirmed reports have it that the IPHC staff is about split on whether halibut fishing opportunities should be entirely shut down for at least three years to allow for recovery of the stocks.
Confirmed observations from the fishing grounds are that halibut are indeed scarce, with returning longliners for the most part catching only a small fraction of their intended deliveries.
Dragger crews report lots of halibut PSC bycatch of small fish. But the drag fleet can't be cut back, remember? Now is the time to move the NPFMC off of center and get them to take action on halibut bycatch. Two weeks left to get in written testimony. We need you.