The Highliner

Commercial fishing is a bedrock industry in Alaska, and has been for more than a century. Every year scores of fishermen net millions of migrating salmon, challenge the icy Bering Sea to trap king crabs, lay miles and miles of baited hooks for halibut, and scoop up enough pollock for a zillion fish sticks. And when fishermen aren't out fishing, they're usually talking about fishing. That's what this blog by Wesley Loy has been all about for the two years he has written it.

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Halibut limits set, season to open late

Here’s the upshot from the International Pacific Halibut Commission annual meeting, which wrapped up Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Commissioners cut the halibut catch limit in Southeast Alaska (Area 2C) a good bit less than feared, while Southcentral (Area 3A) was cut a little more than expected.

Also, the season will open two weeks later than last year. The fishery will begin on Saturday, March 21, and close on Nov. 15. Last season opened March 8.

Now here are the 2009 catch limits by area, in millions of pounds, and the percentage change from last year:

Area	Limit	% change

2A	0.95	-22
2B	7.63	-15
2C	5.02	-19
3A	21.7	-10
3B	10.9	Even
4A	2.55	-18
4B	1.87	Even
4CDE	3.46	-11

Total	54.08	-10

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