Bycatch must be addressed first
According to the Oct. 11, 2012, Homer News article “NPFMC recommends catch sharing plan” the issue of the 13,686,000 pounds of commercial fishing bycatch and waste was still not addressed. Before any reduction of allocation of halibut from sport fishing occurs, the poundage commercial fishing bycatch and waste of halibut should be deducted from the commercial fishing allocation of halibut. Only then we can fairly discuss a catch-sharing plan between commercial and sport fishing.
There is no bycatch and waste of halibut by sport fishing.
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