The new catch limits and rules for sport caught halibut are more than just confusing.
The latest out of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans seems to be designed to make it impossible for the majority of us to be able to share these tasty fish.
Commercial licence holders are not subject to the new rules and will be allowed to continue to take more than 80 per cent of the halibut. The new rules will result in more mortality because of the danger of trying to bring a halibut on board to measure it.
The rule makers have obviously never caught a halibut. You don’t handle a live one if you value your limbs. It’s like a line in a Goldilocks tale, not too big and not too small but just the right size.
The next thing will be to demand urine and D.N.A. samples from both fish and fisherman. I think D.F.O. should work for the majority of us and not just a few licence holders.