April 1, 2013 | Vol. 69, No. 04

Halibut Bycatch Issues Moving Slowly Through NPFMC

Analysis has been initiated by federal fisheries managers on a focused data collection program to be established prior to implementation of a trawl bycatch management program in the Gulf of Alaska.

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The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took that action at its February meeting in Portland, Ore., noting that given the potential for implementation of catch shares in both the central and western Gulf of Alaska, the data collection effort will include participants in federal trawl groundfish fisheries from both management areas.

The council also addressed the next step in development of a...