“Every Halibut Counts” is a collaboration between AMCC, the Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program, charter boat operators, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The project uses local knowledge and scientific expertise to develop best practices for careful handling and release of sport-caught halibut and to make these recommendations widely available to charter boat operators and sport fishermen.
Anglers release sizeable numbers of halibut in Alaska each year because of size, slot limits, or to continue a day’s fishing via catch and release. While halibut are generally hardy fish, good handling techniques can help ensure that every halibut released has the best chances of surviving as possible. This project is the first of its kind to develop and disseminate best practices for careful release of halibut.