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St. Paul halibut fishery gains ground

Aerial view of St. Paul IslandImage via Wikipedia| Jan 21, 2011
Innovations at work in St. Paul have halibut fisherman poised to take advantage of the nation's huge appetite for halibut.
St. Paul Island in the Pribilofs has a new, one-of-a-kind harbor that will begin to serve its local halibut fleet in summer 2011. An investment in equipment to add value to the catch is already paying off, and its marketing plan includes major chain restaurants as far away as the East Coast.
The 2010 season brought in 811,000 pounds of halibut, for a total net production of 647,000 pounds. About 30 percent of the catch, nearly 200,000 pounds, was portioned
and vacuum packed fresh for sale to restaurants and seafood distributors, said Steve Manley, controller for the Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association. CBSFA is the nonprofit community development group that manages St. Paul's CDQ and IFQ fisheries and its.... http://www.alaskadispatch.com/dispatches/rural-alaska/8424-st-paul-halibut-fishery-gains-ground

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