Vancouver Sun article on halibut fishery: Sports fishery is poorly controlled and monitored
Gary Robinson, a commissioner on the International Pacific Halibut Commission, responds to accusations that new halibut allocations will “devastate coastal life” in the article Sports fishery is poorly controlled and managed. In the article Robinson states “As one of the commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), to which Mr. Sawchuk refers, I can say that exceeding the catch limit is exactly what comes to mind when I think of the recreational fishery in B.C. In five of the last six years the sports fishery has over-fished halibut in B.C. waters to the tune of a million pounds. This undermines conservation and responsible management, particularly given that halibut stocks are in a period of low abundance. The sports fishery is poorly controlled and monitored. Overfishing in this sector has not been their fault but rather the DFO’s (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), which has failed to keep them to their allocation.”
See the full article Sports fishery is poorly controlled and managed for more information.
Also see the original article New halibut allocation will devastate coastal life by Lanny Sawchuk.