The 2010 wild Alaska halibut and black cod (sablefish) season opens March 6.
Wild Alaska Halibut
Catch limits for Alaska halibut are set at 40.3 million pounds and black cod are set at 24.9 million pounds. Wild Alaska halibut and black cod are available fresh until mid-November, or frozen year-round. Visit www.alaskaseafood.org for more information.
Restaurant operators gained confidence about future economic and business conditions in the first month of this year, according to the National Restaurant Association’s index of restaurant activity. Despite increased optimism, the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) declined 0.3 percent from December's 22-month high due to operators' reports of softening sales and traffic in January.
"Although the current situation indicators remained soft in January, the Expectations Index rose above 100 for the first time in nine months," said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the NRA's research and knowledge group, in a statement. The Expectations Index--which measures restaurant operators' six-month outlook for same-store sales, employees, capital expenditures and business conditions--reached 100.1 in January, a 0.2 percent gain from December.
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