Commission cuts most Alaska commercial halibut catch limits

Associated PressJanuary 27, 2012 

KODIAK -- Parts of Alaska will see substantial cuts in the allowable halibut catch.

KMXT reported that the International Pacific Halibut Commission released its catch limits Friday. Overall, they're down 18 percent from last year, or about 7.5 million pounds.

The catch limit for the Gulf of Alaska is reduced by 2.4 million pounds, or 17 percent from 2011.

The pound limit reduction is the same for the Alaska Peninsula southwest of Kodiak Island but that equates to a 32 percent drop, to a little above 5 million pounds.

The eastern Aleutian Islands' limit has been reduced 35 percent.

Two areas got increases from the commission. Southeast Alaska had its catch limit increased by 300,000 pounds, or 13 percent. Areas off the Washington coast will get a 9 percent increase

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