About half of the halibut caught by Alaska anglers are released, due either to regulation or fisherman preference.
A small percentage of released halibut succumb to injury or stress. Anglers can reduce the mortality of these fish by following a few simple practices, including:
- Treat halibut gently.
- Minimize handling.
- Unhook the fish in the water if possible.
- If a halibut must be brought aboard, cradle it to protect the spine and internal organs, and slip it head-first back into the sea.
Check out the video below to see first hand these simple techniques to treat halibut gently to ensure their survival.
Photo Credit: YouTube Video Capture – Every Halibut Counts