Canada closes down recreational halibut harvest in-season

It was reported in the news that Canada is closing the recreational halibut harvest as of October 31st, 2 months earlier than scheduled.  The recreational harvest allocation started at just over 1 million pounds (12% of the Canadian allocation goes to the recreational sector (guided & unguided)) and in a one season arrangement an additional 150,000 lbs were leased to the recreational sector.  The estimated recreational harvest is 1.45 million pounds.  In the news article Sue Farlinger, regional director of Fisheries Management for Dept of Fisheries stated that since each country expects the other to stick to it’s TAC and is held accountable, “We need to respond responsibly when the fishing plan is not functioning as it was intended to.”

The full article in Globeandmail.com is located at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20081027.BCHUME27/TPStory/Environment

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