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About John L. Beath

John Beath is a writer, photographer, videographer, blogger, tackle manufacturer & Captain at Whaler's Cove Lodge in Southeast Alaska. He is also owner of www.halibut.net and host at Lets Talk Outdoors @ www.youtube.com/jbeath

IPHC Commission Sets 4 Year Halibut Quota For Area 2A

The IPHC Commission today approved a four year halibut quota of 1.65 million pounds TECY for 2019 through 2022. Prior to the 95th annual IPHC meeting in Victoria the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay submitted a written proposal for Area … Continue reading

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IPHC Announces Pacific Halibut Quota For U.S. and Canada

Dateline: Victoria Canada, February 1st 2019 Today at the 95th annual meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting the commission consisting of three United States commissioners and three from Canada announced coast wide quotas. Area 2A (California, Oregon & … Continue reading

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Halibut Bycatch is Destroying Halibut Populations Coast Wide

During today’s IPHC Conference Board meeting the Trawl fleet from Areas 4A, B, C, D & E explained their efforts to reduce bycatch on their 19 vessels. They told of deck sorting and other methods to reduce mortality rates. After … Continue reading

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Halibut Area 2A, Washington, Oregon & California Fighting For More Quota in 2019

Area 2A is unique within the International Pacific Halibut Commission area because of the 13 Treaty Tribes that have fishing rights through Treaties and backed by court rulings. The Makah Tribe in Neah Bay submitted a written proposal for Area … Continue reading

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IPHC Setline Survey Data 2018 Shows Stock Assessment of Pacific Halibut Sizes of Halibut Are Shrinking!

Each year the International Pacific Halibut Commission conducts a setline survey. The above map shows a series of dots or “Stations” that the contracted long line vessels dropped long line skates with hooks spread 18 feet apart. Bait used was … Continue reading

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Puget Sound Halibut Anglers Get Five More Days fishing June 7, 9, 16, 21 & 23 2018

Marine areas 3-10 to re-open for halibut fishing; all-depth halibut fishery in Marine Area 2 to close Action: Marine areas 3 through 10 will re-open for halibut fishing Thursday, June 7, Saturday, June 9 and June 16, 21 & 23. … Continue reading

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Washington Halibut Season Catch Stats & Available Quota Announced

According to WDFW bottomfish managers the average size of halibut inside Puget Sound waters is 26 pounds compared to ocean fish that weigh just over 16 pounds average. The creel checks for Puget Sound for the second opener totaled 120 … Continue reading

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No Fishing Zone Announced in Southern Vancouver Island to Save Orca Whales

The Canadian Government just released new fishing rules, regulations and conservation measures for Northern and Southern BC Chinook salmon in an effort to provide food for southern resident orcas. The map below shows the no fishing zone between the red … Continue reading

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Washington Halibut Fishing Day 3 Stats

Fish checkers counted 24 halibut Friday, May 25th for the Strait of Juan de Fuca Areas 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9. That’s the “Puget Sound Inside” waters halibut fishery. Weather was less than desirable and down right miserable. Many … Continue reading

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Sport Halibut Mystery Math Screws Sports Anglers in Puget Sound & Straits

The first two days of halibut fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound were dismal at best, and largely viewed by sports anglers as the worst opener in recent memory. On day one Tribal longlines were … Continue reading

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