PETERSBURG-AK The commercial halibut season starts in early March and this is the fifth year in a row that Southeast Longliners will have fewer fish to catch. Stock declines and a change in assessment methods have prompted US and Canadian regulators to reduce the region’s catch limit by a total of roughly 60 percent since 2006. This year’s cut was smaller than proposed, but longliners say the downturn continues to impact their businesses. Matt Lichtenstein produced this economic snapshot:
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