Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2013 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 23. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through September 15, 2013 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through September 14, 2013.

Area 2A Incidental Commercial Halibut Catch in the Salmon Troll Fishery is Closing for the Remainder of 2013

The total allowable incidental commercial catch of halibut allocated to the Area 2A salmon troll fishery is 30,600 pounds. Preliminary catch estimates from U.S. officials indicate that the catch limit will be taken this week. Therefore, the incidental Pacific halibut fishery during the salmon troll fishery North of Cape Falcon will close on Thursday, August 8 at 11:59PM and South of Cape Falcon will close on Saturday, August 10 at 11:59PM. This fishery will remain closed for the remainder of 2013. For further incidental fishery retention information and landing requirements call the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825 press 7 for halibut information).

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2013 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 23. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through August 15, 2013 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through August 14, 2013.

ATTENTION BAIT SUPPLIERS AND SALMON PROCESSORS
Bait Needed for 2014 IPHC Stock Assessment Survey
310,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Contact IPHC by August 9th, 2013

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is acquiring bait for the 2014 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.

Area 2A Non-Treaty Directed Commercial Halibut Fishery Closed for Remainder of 2013

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 10 fishing period. Therefore, the Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of 2013.

Area 2A Non-treaty Directed Commercial Fishery Will Open July 10 With Reduced Fishing Period Limits

The June 26 non-treaty commercial fishing period in Area 2A resulted in a catch of about 118,000 pounds, leaving approximately 55,390 pounds remaining in the catch limit.

Area 2A will re-open on July 10 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). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.