Author Archives: John L. Beath

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

US Custom’s Small Vessel Reporting Requirements Update

I recently fished Canadian waters and upon re-entering U.S. waters, as required by law, I called the US Custom’s Small Vessel Reporting Center in Bellingham. All aboard my vessel had Nexus cards, but they asked for our BR numbers (Boater … Continue reading

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Washington Sport Halibut Quota 2018

Here is a breakdown on the poundage quota for the 2018 sport halibut fishery in Washington waters.  This information is pulled from the Federal Register at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/03/26/2018-06049/pacific-halibut-fisheries-catch-sharing-plan Also note, SB-6127 the Halibut Catch Record Card bill passed and was signed … Continue reading

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Sport Fishing Ban Along Vancouver Island Proposed to Help Orcas Eat More Salmon

via Sport Fishing Ban Along Vancouver Island Proposed To Help Orcas Eat More Salmon

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Fishing Canadian Waters in 2018

Last July Canada passed a law making it easier for anglers to enter Canadian waters and go fishing.  In years past anglers had to call Canadian Customs upon entering Canadian waters.  Here’s what the new law reads: Reporting Exemptions If … Continue reading

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IPHC Announces 2018 Halibut Quota

Dateline: January 26th 2018 — Portland, Oregon annual meeting of International Pacific Halibut Commission The six IPHC commissioners, three U.S. and three Canadian, did not come to an agreement about catch quotas. Canadian commissioners did not agree with lower catch … Continue reading

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Why Are Halibut Stocks Declining?

During the International Pacific Halibut Commission meeting in Portland, I’ve learned many facts, figures, issues, problems and most shockingly, a big reason for declining juvenile halibut numbers. The Bering Sea in Alaska is the major halibut spawning area and the … Continue reading

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International Pacific Halibut Commission Meeting

I’m at the IPHC meeting in Portland, representing Area 2A, Puget Sound Anglers. There’s lots and lots of mathematical tables to calculate each regions potential catch based on surveys, mortality rates etc. The biggest thing driving this meeting is last … Continue reading

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