Download this PDF of our Every Halibut Counts brochure to hand out to your crew and clients:
Our intern woking on Every Halibut Counts, Jona Hamson, was recently published in the Homer Tribune’s Point of View section of the newspaper. If you would like to share your own story of how the Pacific halibut fishery has impacted your life or your opinion on the recent changes with the fishery, feel free to do so in the comments below!
The full article can be found here.
Alaska Sea Grant’s videographer, Deborah Mercy, has completed a short video for the Every Halibut Counts project. The video includes footage taken on Alaska charter boats illustrating the best practices in releasing halibut. It is available for viewing at:
On Thursday, May 15th Terry Johnson of Alaska Sea Grant/University of Alaska Fairbanks presented at the 29th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium which focused on Fisheries Bycatch: Global Issues and Creative Solutions. His PowerPoint on the project can be viewed here.
Read the Alaska Journal of Commerce article about the presentation here.
To read more about the entire symposium, visit seagrant.uaf.edu/conferences/2014/wakefield-bycatch.
This story from the Seward City News discusses the charter boat fleet in Alaska and efforts on the part of some captains to conserve halibut populations. Every Halibut Counts steering committee member, Andy Mezirow, is quoted in the article saying “This is our attempt to figure out a happy ending for charter boats… We want to make sure there’s something to come to Seward to fish for.”
Read the full story here.
The Every Halibut Counts project is offering free 8-1/2 X 5-1/2 inch laminated placards to boat operators who pledge to post them in a visible place in the boat, and to adhere to the principles expressed on the placard.
The Every Halibut Counts placard tells your business clients and other anglers that you are a responsible sport fishing operation that minimizes handling and releases non-retained halibut gently. It is a potential marketing advantage for charter boat operators, and a small prestige symbol for anyone who sport fishes for halibut. Contact us for yours.