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The pacific Halibut, the Resource and the Fishery.

The Pacific halibut, Hippoglossus stenolepis, fishery in the northeast Pacific turned 100 years old in 1988 and one of the best sources of information on it is "The Pacific Halibut, the Resource and the Fishery" by F. Heward Bell, published by Alaska Northwest Publishing Company, 130 Second Ave. S., Edmonds, WA 98020. Bell is a former director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission and his lively, historical narrative is amply illustrated with many period photographs from a variety of fishermen, fisheries organizations, and historical societies.

The author, who spent 45 years with the IPHC, has presented an exhaustive and intimate look at an important commercial and recreational species. He begins with a look at the historic origins of the name halibut, over which there has been some controversy, and then moves to describe the fishery, from aboriginal operations and treaty claims to the sailing fleets, steamers, schooners, etc. along with the fishing methods. Also described are the preservation methods, the halibut ports, and their landings.

Another chapter describes the organizations involved in the halibut industry and their origins and leaders, as well as the international agreements that impinged upon the halibut fishery and halibut management and research. An entire chapter is devoted to the halibut commission, IPHC, itself. Other chapters discuss net fishing for halibut, fleet programs for orderly marketing, halibut caught incidentally in nets and in the salmon and black cod fisheries, law enforcement and violations, IPHC halibut research, and the sport fishery for Pacific halibut. Finally, an overview chapter summarizes some notable items of interest to the fishery that are not highlighted elsewhere in the volume. Other items of interest are the 18 brief biographical sketches of a number of scientists, administrators, fishermen, etc., who either contributed directly to or affected the halibut and its research or industry. Paperbound, the 267-page volume is available from the publisher for $19.95 ($24.95 in Canada).
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Publication:Marine Fisheries Review
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Sep 22, 1988
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