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Meetings galore begin this week

December 1, 2015

Fishing areas in Alaska

Fishing areas in Alaska

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – A first glimpse at halibut catches, the Fish Board takes up more than 200 proposals, followed by the NPFMC.  More on meetings that affect your fishing life. That’s up after this —

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Recommendations for next year’s halibut catches will be unveiled today and tomorrow during the International Pacific Halibut Commission meetings in Seattle. The sessions are webcast and will include questions and comments.

Five regulation changes for next year are proposed, including lowering the halibut size limit to 30 inches, down from 32 inches. Reports show that would reduce handling by nearly 60 percent, and reduce wastage from more than 1.3 million pounds to about half a million pounds.

Another proposal asks for a maximum size limit of 60 inches for all halibut caught. That aims to protect larger fish, which are the spawners. And another seeks to change coast wide halibut stock modeling to area by area models.

Final decisions on catches and regulation changes will be made by the IPHC in late January when it meets in Juneau.

The state Board of Fisheries is meeting in Anchorage now to review 21 proposals on P-cod in the Alaska Peninsula / Chignik / Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.

On Wednesday through Dec. 8 the Board  will take up 215 proposals for the Alaska Peninsula, Bristol Bay and Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim regions. Seventy proposals center on Bristol Bay; nine of those ask the Board to allow fishermen to permit stack, or hold several commercial permits at once. The Fish Board meetings also are streamed live on the web.

The Boards of Fish and Game are holding a day-long meeting on Dec. 9 at the Egan Center to get budget saving ideas due to big funding shortfalls.

Finally, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council convenes in Anchorage from Dec. 7 through 15. Next year’s groundfish catches, and bycatch issues dominate the agenda.  All sessions will be live streamed on the web.

You can find links to all of the fish meetings at our website at Fish Links.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, celebrating 105 years of partnership with Alaska’s coastal communities.  In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.