Local News

Halibut commission director discusses catch levels, bycatch

The commercial long-line fishing season for halibut opened Saturday, March 23 with just under three million pounds to catch in Southeast’s area 2C over the next seven months. The halibut catch level is set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission each year. This year’s catch amount for Southeast is up about 13 percent from last year, even though the overall coast-wide catch level is down from 2012.

Bruce Leaman


IPHC director Bruce Leaman says there are signs of improvement in halibut stocks in Area 2, which includes Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and the Pacific coast states. Leaman visited Petersburg this month and Joe Viechnicki asked him about the decisions the commission makes about catch levels.

For iFriendly audio, click here:
Leaman also planned visits to Juneau and Sitka this month as well.

Recent News

How to spend federal Forest Service dollars?

Sandy Beach is one recreation area near Petersburg that has received funding from RAC. Photo/KFSK
A regional group that looks at how to spend Secure Rural School Funding is meeting in Petersburg this Saturday. more

Stikine sockeye run is the best return in a decade

Gill netter Lincoln Rock in Dist 8-Troy Thynes
The sockeye salmon run returning to the Stikine River near Petersburg and Wrangell was predicted to be good, but it’s turning out to be even better than expected. more