Canada Places Restrictions on Halibut Recreational Fishery

On February 21st Dept of Fisheries and Ocean Canada (DFO) issued a fishery notice on the recreational halibut fishery. DFO delayed the start of the recreational fishery for one month while they picked a solution to reduce their recreational fishery from  a sport harvest in 2007 of 1.55 Mlbs to 1.08Mlbs in 2008. They reduced the harvest for a portion of the season from a two fish bag limit to a one fish bag limit and changed their electronic licensing conditions so that “no person who is not a Canadian resident may fish for or retain halibut under this license in Areas 121, 23 and 123.  For more information, visit the DFO website at: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/recfish/Tidal/area23_e.htm

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