The mission of Every Halibut Counts is to provide information to halibut charter boat crews, their clients, and unguided recreational anglers on the best ways to release halibut.
Every Halibut Counts developed at the request of a few conservation-minded charter operators who believe that the industry should do all it can to preserve the halibut resource while providing optimum angler opportunity.
Those captains approached the Alaska Marine Conservation Council (AMCC) for help developing the project. AMCC obtained funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and subsequently engaged the University of Alaska’s Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program (MAP) to develop outreach materials and an informational campaign.
Charter operators and private anglers alike report witnessing acts by charter crew members and other fishermen that are likely to contribute to release mortality. Every Halibut Counts is intended to inform and encourage crews and anglers about the need for and methods of releasing halibut gently and with minimal injury, and encourage them to use Best Practices when catching halibut they intend to release.