News Releases 2017
Bait Needed for 2018 IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey
300,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Contact IPHC by 25 August 2017
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is acquiring bait for the 2018 fishery-independent setline survey. Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC bait quality requirements and standardization exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chums.
This IPHC News Release includes:
- An invitation to submit regulatory proposals for consideration at the 2017 Interim Meeting and the 2018 Annual Meeting
- The announcement of the 2017 Interim Meeting (IM093), and
- The announcement of the 2018 Annual Meeting (AM094)
Closed: The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the salmon troll fishery in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A is 39,810 pounds. Recent projections indicate the allocation has been harvested. The IPHC Regulatory Area 2A incidental commercial Pacific halibut fishery during the salmon troll season closed at 11:59 PM on 3 August 2017. Vessels in possession of any Pacific halibut must cease fishing for salmon until all Pacific halibut have been offloaded. All Pacific halibut must be landed and delivered no later than 11:59 PM Friday 4 August 2017.
Regulatory Area 2A Non-treaty Directed Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery Closed
The International Pacific Halibut Commission reports that the total catch limit for the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial Pacific halibut fishery has been reached following the 26 July 2017 fishing period. Therefore, the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial Pacific halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of 2017.
Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2017 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 11 March 2017. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through 30 July 2017 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 26 July 2017.
Closed: Oregon’s Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for Oregon’s Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery through 23 July 2017 is 26,073 pounds, leaving an estimated 2,824 pounds to be harvested. As a result, the Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery will close at the end of the day Sunday, 30 July 2017. This fishery will then be closed for the remainder of 2017.
The 28 June 2017 and 12 July 2017 non-treaty directed commercial fishing periods in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A resulted in an estimated combined catch of 160,000 pounds of Pacific halibut, leaving an estimated 65,500 pounds from the harvest allocation. Therefore, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has determined that this fishery will remain open and fishing period limits will be required during the 26 July 2017 10-hour fishing period to avoid exceeding the 225,591 pound (net weight) catch limit. The 26 July 2017 fishing period will begin at 08:00 hrs and end at 18:00 hrs Pacific Daylight Time. The fishery is restricted to waters south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53.30’ N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.