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