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A STATE dinner to honour the arrival of David Cameron to the White House yesterday included a starter made with wild Alaskan halibut.

Matt Tinning, Executive Director of the Network, stated, “Alaskan halibut is one of the world’s fisheries success stories. Alaskan halibut has been sustainably managed for over 100 years, with commercial fishermen actively engaged in putting in place conservation measures and effectively managing the fishery. Halibut is one of the most important fisheries in Alaska for subsistence, commercial and sports fishermen, and the White House is to be commended for including it on the menu.

“In recent years commercial fishermen have agreed to reductions in catch limits that, while causing short-term economic challenges, prioritize the long-term health of the resource. That said, there is plenty of Alaskan halibut to go around, and we join with Network member group The Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association in wishing the British Prime Minister and President Obama bon apétit.”

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