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A halibut dilemma

Posted: August 11, 2011 - 12:08pm

There have been a lot of stories of late about the size of halibut and taking large halibut does not harm the breeding stock. If this is true, why did the Pacific Halibut Commission limit the size as well as the quota per day per for fisherman in Southeast?

The Southeast charter fishing for halibut is a vanity fishery at best, anyone who fishes for this fish knows that after 60-80 pounds the quality of the meat deminishes relative to the number of pictures taken and lies told to their buddies back in America.

If the size does not matter then restricting the size can not make sense, but conversly mining the tourist and bloating their egos also makes no sense.

People that fish in state waters for hire or for profit need to be residents and I don’t mean the ones like the oil patch claim by setting up an appartment at a transport hub like Anchorage with lease holders being shift workers on opposing shifts with mail delivery systems to prove residency.

They should actually be Alaskans.

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