KODIAK - The North Pacific Fishery Management Council approved a resolution that updates the list of people who can subsistence fish for halibut.
At issue were communities including Kodiak not included in an original list when the federal rule was passed in 2003.
The original resolution required a minimum threshold population of 25 to be included on the list of eligible communities.
But the change means residents, excluding all non-subsistence areas, are deemed eligible to harvest Pacific halibut if they reside within 10 miles of certain coastal areas.
Under this, more than 9,400 people, including approximately 2,000 from Kodiak, will be eligible.
The expected effect of the new regulation on halibut is estimated at 70,000 pounds to 150,000 pounds of fish annually. The change may be implemented by the 2009 season.
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