Halibut fishing season opens Thursday

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Alaska halibut fishing season opens Thursday at noon after a four-month break.

This year's statewide quota is about 61.5 million pounds, an increase of about 10 percent over last year's.

Commercial fishermen who have individual catch quotas can harvest their fish over a season that lasts until Nov. 15.

The state's black cod fishery also begins at noon Thursday.

Much of Alaska halibut goes fresh or frozen into domestic markets while black cod is consumed mostly in Japan.

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