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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 Oceans has yet to confirm the quota but it routinely follows the IPHC recommendation. The reduction was not as bad as first feared. The commission staff were recommending a B.C coast quota of 6.633 million pounds, a decrease of 16 per cent. The overall harvest…

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International Pacific Halibut Commission confirms 18 per cent cut in overall quota for 2012

According to Alaska media reports, the International Pacific Halibut Commission, meeting in Anchorage, has confirmed an over all  cut in Pacific halibut harvest quota of 18 per cent, or 7.5 million pounds for 2012. KMXT, an NPR station in Kodiak, Alaska reports   Area 3A, the Gulf of Alaska will experience a 17-percent reduction from last year. That results in a 11.9-million pound catch limit, down 2.4-million pounds. Area 3B along the Alaska Peninsula southwest of Kodiak Island, the reduction is the same 2.4-million pounds, but…

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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 pounds caught.” The report also says that Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield will be making a “decision on any changes to the current allocation plan in advance of the 2012 fishing season.” The IPHC report says: For the 2011 season only, DFO implemented an experimental leasing…

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Editor’s note: A slight change in editorial perspective for Northwest Coast Energy News

When I founded Northwest Coast Energy News last May, I said at that time that I would follow the general policy of many councils, groups and organizations in northwestern British Columbia of a strictly neutral stance on the issue of the Northern Gateway Pipeline. It has become apparent in the past few weeks that a strictly neutral stance is no longer possible. It is probably clear from anyone reading this site that, based in Kitimat, this site has a northwestern British Columbia perspective. So that is…

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Analysis: The collapse of BC’s oil rich economy is a lesson for BC, Alberta and the world

Analysis British Columbia once had the richest, longest-lasting, sustainable oil economy on the planet. That’s almost all gone now. While the environmental movement loves to quote Joni Mitchell’s “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone,” the collapse of BC’s oil economy is perhaps the best example in history of what Mitchell meant in her song. Big Yellow Taxi. British Columbia even supplied much-needed oil to Alberta. The collapse of that oil economy is a cautionary tale for BC in the debate over the…

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International Halibut Commission recommends drastic cuts in quotas, with worse to come

Environment Fishery The International Pacific Halibut Commission is recommending drastic cuts in quotas along the west coast for the 2012  season and possibly even larger cuts for the 2013 season. For area 2B, the coast of British Columbia, the IPHC is recommending an overall quota of  6.633 million pounds, down from 7.650 million pounds in 2011, a decrease of 13.3 per cent. Along the entire Pacific Coast, the IPHC wants the total  harvest cut 19 per cent from 41.07 million pounds this year to 33.882…

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Alaska media is reporting halibut quotas must be halved, stocks in bad shape

Environment Fishery A number of media outlets in Alaska are reporting that at today’s meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, scientists have said that the population can only sustain  harvest quotas at half the current level. The story comes mainly from the Kodiak Daily Mirror, with additional information from other media outlets.  There is currently no news release on the IPHC website.The Associated Press, quoting the Mirror, says: Biologists say without adjusting for past overestimates, 2012′s Pacific halibut limit would be set at 33…

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Seattle cod trawler wastes 114 tons of Alaska halibut: Alaska Dispatch

Environment Fishery The Alaska Dispatch reports that a Seattle cod trawler wastes 114 tons of Alaska halibut The Seattle-based trawler Alaska Beauty recently had a great week of halibut fishing… Only one problem: Alaska Beauty wasn’t supposed to be fishing halibut; it was supposed to be fishing cod. Despite that, 43 percent of its catch was halibut. All of that halibut, by law, must be dumped back into the sea. Most of it goes back dead. Some Alaskans are starting to get angry at this…

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Kitimat takes halibut fight to BC municipal convention

Environment Fishery District of Kitimat councillor Randy Halyk, seen here at the local Jack Layton memorial on August 27, 2011, will be defending Kitimat’s resolution on halibut quotas at the Union of BC Municipalities convention.   (Robin Rowland/Northwest Coast Energy News) Kitimat is taking the fight over halibut allocation to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention to be held in Vancouver September 26 to September 30. The resolution is one of two that the union will consider on the halibut controversry, the other comes from…

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Links: More objections to halibut closure

Environment Fishery Links Letters  and op ed opinions to various media continue, objecting to the early closure of the recreational halibut fishery. Courier IslanderRobert AlcockHalibut decision hurts economy, communities While this decision will have a substantial impact on the economies of hundreds of businesses and dozens of coastal communities that depend on the recreational halibut fishery for economic activity, it might be understandable if commercial quota holders were actually required to utilize their licences and quota shares. Northern View Bruce Wishart DFO fails Canadians with…

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