Fish board takes up issue of who gets halibut catch

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A federal fisheries panel this week wades into the question of whether charter boats should have an automatic share of the ocean's halibut.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council goes to work Wednesday on several issues. The toughest may be deciding whether to award individual fishing quotas to the charter operators.

Besides the halibut issue, the council also has to come up with regulations for fishing in the second half of this year to protect Steller sea lions. The regulations replace emergency rules that expire at mid-year.

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