Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2008 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ fishery and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through April 24, 2008. No Alaskan Community Development Quota (CDQ) landings have been made yet in 2008.

 
AreaCatch Limit
(000s pounds)
Catch
(000s pounds)
Number of
Landings
2C 6,210.0 1,520 386
3A 24,220.0 5,599 445
3B 10,950.0 452 32
4 8,850.0 63 8
Alaska Total 50,230.0 7,634 871
2B 7,917.7 1,912 151
Grand Total 58,147.7 9,546 1,022

The catch off Alaska represents 15% of the 2008 catch limit. For comparison, 6.7 million pounds, or 13% of the 2007 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery between March 10 and April 24, 2007.

The catch from British Columbian waters represents 24% of the 2008 catch limit. For comparison, 3.4 million pounds, or 34% of the 2007 catch limit, were landed from Area 2B between March 10 and April 24, 2007.

 

Area 2A Commercial Tribal Fisheries

In 2008, the Pacific Fishery Management Council allocated 397,000 pounds of halibut for commercial use to the Treaty Indian tribes of Area 2A-1. As of April 24, the Treaty tribes have landed 324,164 pounds of halibut.

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Bruce M. Leaman
Executive Director
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983