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New Halibut Catch-Sharing Plan Included in Federal Bill

Charter operators in the Gulf of Alaska will soon be able to buy halibut quota from willing commercial fishermen. That’s after funding was included for a new catch-sharing program in the federal omnibus budget bill, passed at the end of last month.

Seward’s Andy Mezirow is on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and has been a champion of the program for a while. He said it’s a long time coming. The program was vetoed by President Donald Trump in his final weeks in office and had to go through the Congressional approval process — twice.

“This language that made it into the omnibus bill has been kicking around Washington D.C. for like six years,” he said.

The plan is designed to fix a problem that can occur when halibut abundance in the gulf is low.

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