Pacific halibut quota set

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
February 1, 2010

At its annual meeting in Seattle on Monday, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) recommended setting the 2010 halibut quota at 50.7 million pounds.

That’s about 2 million pounds higher than what IPHC scientists proposed in early December. However, it’s 3.4 million pounds less than 2009’s 54.1-million-pound halibut quota.

For 2010, quotas were reduced in four of the 10 regulatory areas, which stretch from California to Alaska’s Bering Sea. Areas 4B, 4C, 4D and 4E — all located in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands — will see an increase, while 2A, 2B, 2C, 3A, 3B and 4A will see a decrease.

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