The scientific staff of the International Pacific Halibut Commission has released its recommended catch limits for the 2010 season, and the news is demoralizing.
The overall limit of 48.7 million pounds is 10 percent lower than this year's limit.
If the commission goes with the staff recommendations, it'll mark the second consecutive year we'll see a 10 percent cut.
Southeast Alaska (Area 2C), already pounded in recent years, is in line for a painful 26 percent reduction.
The state's richest halibut hole, Southcentral Alaska (Area 3A), could see a cut of nearly 8 percent.
Here's a full rundown of recommended limits in all regulatory areas, including those off the West Coast, British Columbia and Alaska:
Area 2A — 760,000 pounds, down 20 percent
Area 2B — 6.6 million pounds, down 13.6 percent
Area 2C — 3.7 million pounds, down 26 percent
Area 3A — 20 million pounds, down 7.9 percent
Area 3B — 9.9 million pounds, down 9.2 percent
Area 4A — 2.3 million pounds, down 8.6 percent
Area 4B — 2.2 million pounds, up 15.5 percent
Area 4CDE — 3.3 million pounds, down 6.1 percent
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