The 2011 Pacific halibut recreational fishing season will open March 1, 2011. Recreational anglers with a tidal license will be able to catch one halibut per day with two in possession.
“Our government recognizes the value of the recreational fishery to British Columbians and the economic opportunities it provides. Therefore, for the 2011 season only, we will undertake a trial to make available to interested recreational stakeholders experimental licenses that will allow them to lease quota from commercial harvesters. This will provide access to halibut beyond the limits of the standard recreational license, giving those who choose to participate greater stability for business planning purposes,” says Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans.
Juan de Fuca area director Mike Hicks, said the announcement was “unacceptable” as they did not state when the season would close and “the limit of one and two was unfortunate.”
More comments on this issue next week.