Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Relaxed Halibut Regs Approved by Commerce Dept. - Effective Now

Liberalized Halibut Regulations that passed the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission, now passes final regulatory review in DC.

Effectively immediately, regulations are revised for halibut sport fishing from charter vessels in International Pacific Halibut Commission regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Southcentral Alaska)

The revised regulations are as follows:

Area 2C:
  • The size limit for retained halibut by charter vessel anglers must be less than or equal to 45 inches or greater than or equal to 80 inches in length.

Area 3A:
  • Charter vessel anglers may keep one fish of any size per day and one fish that is no more than 32 inches in length. 
  • Charter vessel anglers are not subject to an annual limit on the number of halibut they retain. Anglers are no longer required to record halibut caught on charter vessel fishing trips in Area 3A on the back of the fishing license or a harvest record card.
  • Charter vessel anglers may catch and retain halibut on all days of the week. 
  • These revised regulations will remain in effect through the 2020 fishing season.The final rule that implements these regulations is forthcoming and will be published in the Federal Register. In addition to these revised regulations, all other halibut sport fishing regulations remain unchanged. 

The ACA hopes everyone is staying healthy and wishes all a good season under these trying times.

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