BC calls for input on conservation plan for Ashdown Island, one of the “disappeared” on Douglas Channel

BC Parks and the Gitga’at First Nation are calling for public input as they development a management plan for the K’nabiyaaxl/Ashdown Island Conservancy at the mouth of Douglas Channel. BC Parks describes the area as: K’nabiyaaxl/Ashdown Conservancy covers 727 hectares of … Continue reading

Cut back on taking “forage fish” to save salmon and halibut, scientists recommend

A group of international scientists is recommending that fishing for what they call “forage fish,” including herring and anchovy, should be cut in half around the world to help save larger predator species like halibut and salmon. The expert group … Continue reading

Recreational halibut quota increased to 15 per cent but season may end in August

 Updated The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has increased the recreational halibut quota to 15 per cent. A release issued this afternoon by Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield says, “the Minister has instructed the Department to make an immediate correction in … Continue reading

BC 2012 halibut quota drops 8 per cent, as Canada protests devastation caused by pollock trawl in Gulf of Alaska “nursery”

The International Pacific Halibut Commission has recommended a Canadian harvest quota for the 2012 season of 7.038 million pounds of halibut, a decrease of eight per cent from the 2011 quota of 7.650 million pounds. The Department of Fisheries and … Continue reading

Recreational halibut quota buy-in program had “limited success:” DFO report to IPHC

A report prepared by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans for this week’s meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission in Anchorage says the controversial program where recreational fishers could buy quota from commercial fishers had only “limited success…with few … Continue reading

Links: Alaska legislature looks at state’s halibut crisis: Alaska Dispatch

Environment Fishery Link  In Alaska’s dispute over halibut allocation in that state, Alaska Dispatch is reporting State to look at proposed Alaska halibut charter regulations: With a deadline fast approaching on a federal plan to reduce the number of fish … Continue reading