Halibut Outlook for 2020 = Lower Catches
Lower catches for halibut appear to be in the forecast for 2020 and beyond.
At the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting on Monday in Seattle, lead scientist Ian Stewart summarized the outlook for commercial fisheries from Northern California and British Columbia to the Bering Sea.
“In short, the model survey trends as you’ve seen from the previous presentations are down both in numbers and weight per unit of effort. And what we’ve seen from the commercial fishery’s CPUE is we have mixed trends, however relatively flat at the coastwide levels with some..."
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