Judge won't stop 1-halibut charter limit in Southeast

Posted: Sunday, June 07, 2009

JUNEAU - A federal judge has ruled that anglers taking trips in Southeast will be limited to one halibut per day - at least for now.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer has ruled against an emergency injunction from charter boat owners and operators to return the daily limit to two fish. The new limit went into effect Friday.

However, Collyer said boat owners may still go forward with their lawsuit challenging the rule.

The National Marine Fisheries Service tried to impose the one-halibut daily limit on charters last year but the charter operators sued. They won on a technicality and were allowed two fish a day last summer.

The fisheries service said it fixed the procedural problem and reissued the rule.

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