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The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) invites the public and industry to submit proposals concerning IPHC staff catch limit recommendations or related issues (such as stock assessment) to the IPHC for inclusion at the 2012 IPHC Annual Meeting. Blank forms for submission are available through the IPHC office or from the web page. All completed submissions that are received (or postmarked) by the deadline will be included in discussion at the Annual Meeting. Comments may be posted on the IPHC homepage (www.iphc.int) and copies can also be available by mail or fax by calling the IPHC offices (206-634-1838).

Please be aware that the IPHC regulates only the catch limits by IPHC Regulatory Area and not by fishery (commercial or sport). Internal allocation issues (catch limit distribution, for example) are handled domestically and should be addressed to the respective governments.

Due to the need for adequate staff time to assemble Catch Limit comments prior to the IPHC Annual Meeting, the deadline is December 30, 2011. Any information to be included must be received (or postmarked) at the IPHC office by the submission date. Comments received after the deadline may not be included or reviewed at the Annual Meeting.

  • Catch Limit Proposal Comment Form (MS-Word; pdf; deadline December 30, 2011)


Catch limit comments

SubjectSubmitted by Received      
Reinstate slow-up, fast down harvest policy Linda Behnken (ALFA)

Nov. 7, 2011

72" size limit for all user groups in 2C, 3A, and 3B Mike Haggren (F/Vs Defiant, Taasinge, 

Dec. 9, 2011

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2012 2C limit at 3,650,000 pounds (commercial catch) James Whitethorn (West Brothers Group)

Dec. 21, 2011

Reverse slot limit (U45/O68) for Area 2C charter fleet Heath Hilyard (SE AK Guides Organization)

Dec. 29, 2011

Charter mgmt in Area 2C & outside review of stock assessment process Linda Behnken (ALFA)

Dec. 30, 2011

Charter mgmt in Area 2C & outside review of stock assessment process Thomas Gemmell (Halibut Coalition)    Dec. 30, 2011
Reinstate closed area model & rethink survey data James Whitethorn (West Brothers Group) Dec. 30, 2011
Support increase in 2C and concerns over the trend in catch limits Gerry Merrigan (2C QS Holder) Dec. 30, 2011
Retain the Slow-Up, Fast Down policy coastwide Patricia Phillips (Pacific Fishing Inc.) Dec. 30, 2011
Consider implementing a modified Slow-up Full-down Ryan Littleton (F/V Angienl) Dec. 30, 2011
By-catch mortality rates should be reviewed Kathy Hansen (SE AK Fisherman's Alliance) Dec. 30, 2011

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