The quota for the 2012 Oregon Central Coast nearshore sport halibut fishery (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mtn., and in waters less than 40 fathoms) is expected to be attained at the conclusion of fishing on July 22. Therefore, the Central Coast nearshore sport halibut fishery will close for the remainder of 2012 at 11:59 p.m. on July 22.

Area 2A Non-Treaty Directed Commercial Halibut Fishery Closed for Remainder of 2012

The International Pacific Halibut Commission reports that the catch limit for the Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial fishery has been reached following the July 11 fishing period. Therefore, the Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of 2012.

 

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2012 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 17. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through July 15, 2012 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through July 13, 2012.

ATTENTION BAIT SUPPLIERS AND SALMON PROCESSORS
Bait Needed for 2013 IPHC Stock Assessment Survey
305,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Contact IPHC by August 3, 2012

 

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is acquiring bait for the 2013 stock assessment survey. Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC bait quality requirements and standardization exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chums.

Non-treaty Commercial Fishing Period Limits in Area 2A for July 11 Fishery

The June 27 non-treaty commercial fishing period in Area 2A resulted in a catch of about 150,000 pounds, leaving approximately 23,000 pounds in the catch limit.

Area 2A will re-open on July 11 for 10 hours, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The fishery is restricted to waters that are south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53'18" N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2012 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 17. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through June 17, 2012 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through June 14, 2012.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed a bilateral work session during May 8-9, 2012 to address issues of research planning, peer review of the 2012 halibut stock assessment, ongoing external peer review of the stock assessment, and the development of a framework for public engagement in a Management Strategy Evaluation. These topics were identified as priority areas for action by the Commission at its Annual Meeting in January 2012.