Alaska's Halibut, Sablefish, Crab Values for Cost Recovery
Fewer Alaska fishermen are going after halibut and sablefish, based on the declining number of bills being sent out to those holding quota shares of the catch.
Eighteen hundred invoices went out to fishermen this month, down 30 from last year, and down from nearly 2,000 in 2015.
The bills, paid since the year 2000, are a fee for fisheries monitoring and enforcement based on dock prices and averaged across the state. This year the fee was 3% and yielded $4.5 million in recovery costs...
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