Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Alaska halibut charters are targeting multiple species. Here’s why.

"Economic and regulatory factors have over the years forced some Alaska halibut charter fishermen and women to adapt, moving to new waters for their harvests, a new University of Alaska Fairbanks study has found.

"Researchers at UAF say the study is an important starting point to understanding the impact of such movement on fish stocks and the environment.

“When fishermen shift to a new area that has the potential to affect new species, it’s kind of like that footprint of fishing is expanding or contracting, and that’s going to affect the ecosystem more broadly,” said Anne Beaudreau, a professor of fisheries at UAF and one of the researchers on the study."

Read the full article in the Alaska Daily News.

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