A voluntary program called Every Halibut Counts is aiming to change the way charter boat crews and sport fishermen handle halibut this season.
About half of all halibut caught by Alaska anglers are released, due to regulation or fisherman preference. A small percentage of released halibut will succumb to stress or injury.
The Every Halibut Counts project started with a few charter captains who recognized the need to keep release mortality to a minimum while maximizing angler opportunity. [X]