May 15, 2020
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted 10-1 today to relax 2020 halibut limits for Alaska’s charter industry. The Council responded to requests from the charter industry, with support from KRSA, to soften regulations based on an expected drop in harvest due to the COVID-19 crisis. It is hoped that these changes in regulations will help support the charter industry by encouraging greater resident participation.
The changes from the Council will not take effect until cleared by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the U.S. Commerce Department. Specifically, the North Pacific Management Council is encouraging the IPHC to adopt the following changes:
The COVID-19 Crisis may demand small changes in the ways people fish in Alaska, including precautions anglers may consider taking before fishing privately or as part of a charter. You can review information relating to sportfishing during COVID-19 at krsa.com/covid-19.