Halibut Deck Sortin on Track to Deliver Substantial Mortality Improvements This Season

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Seafoodnews.com, December 3, 2015
By John Sackton

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Release of halibut with accelerometer tag, Port Frederick, AK courtesy of Paige Drobny

Halibut deck sorting has helped flatfish catcher-processors reduce halibut bycatch this season. The fleet also used halibut excluders and changed locations to avoid halibut hotspots. The net result is that the flatfish trawl fleet is making progress on its commitment to achieve halibut bycatch reductions…. Continue Reading

Halibut Fleet Can Use Mortality Reduction Tools in Cooperation with Other Sectors to Reduce Bycatch

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Opinion], May 30, 2014
By John Gauvin

John Gauvin is the science director for the Alaska Seafood Cooperative, and one of the most experienced developers of gear modifications to reduce bycatch in the industry.

I read Mr. Laukitis’ opinion piece on halibut bycatch (Halibut fishermen say Bering Sea bycatch levels are unacceptable, hope to rein in groundfish fleet Seafood News May 22) with great interest.  In some respects I’d like to thank Mr. Laukitis for assisting our outreach efforts for our halibut bycatch reduction work.   … Continue Reading