ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has killed a motion to rescind a controversial April decision to assign individual fishing quotas for 1,100 Alaska halibut charter boats.
The council, meeting in Seattle this week, voted 6-5 against the motion pushed by IFQ opponents Bob Penney and Kevin Duffy, Gov. Tony Knowles' representative on the federal council.
Penney and Knowles oppose what they consider privatizing the public halibut resource by awarding charter operators individual catch rights that could be bought and sold.
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