Halibut season draws to a close
By Cindy Chant
For a crew mate of the vessel Searcher One, who landed in Northport with 300 pounds of Atlantic Halibut on Sept 1, the open season went by like a flash. “Every fish we caught were keepers,” said Scott McNeill. One fish the crew of three hand-pulled into the boat, 10 miles off shore, tipped the scales at 85 pounds.
The Sept 1 open Atlantic Halibut season was the second of two dates 126 registered fishermen had to catch their 28 tonne quota. The first date fishermen were given was Aug 23, in which only 17 tonnes were caught, leaving 11 more tonnes of fish to fill the order.
“With the fall lobster season still active there were only 100 boats out there,” said Mr McNeill, who went on to say, “The prices haven’t been set (as of Sept 2) but we are hoping to get $5 to $5.50 per pound for our catch.”
On Aug 23 the crew hauled in 11 fish weighing in at 400 pounds. On Sept 1 the crew did not fare as well, bringing in seven fish weighing a total of 300 pounds. The fish were brought into Northport Harbour and were sold to Alberton Fisheries.