Council tightens Gulf halibut bycatch limits

Here's the final motion the North Pacific Fishery Management Council passed regarding Gulf of Alaska halibut bycatch.

The action, subject to U.S. commerce secretary approval, would impose a 15 percent reduction in the annual halibut bycatch limit for the trawl and longline catcher vessel fleets targeting groundfish. The longline catcher-processor sector would see a 7 percent reduction.

The cuts would be phased in over three years, starting in 2014.

The council, meeting in Kodiak, passed the motion Friday on a 10-1 vote.