IPHC Communications Survey - We Want to Hear from You!
The IPHC is conducting a survey of its stakeholders to gauge the quality and effectiveness of its current communications and to gather recommendations for improving our communications. It is important for us to hear from as many people as possible, and all members of the halibut community are invited to take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IPHC2014CS. The survey is open now and will remain open through December 31. Results and analysis will be presented at the Annual Meeting.
Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2014 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8 and closed on November 7. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery during the 2014 season.
The catch off Alaska represents 99% of the 2014 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 22.0 million pounds, or 95% of the 2013 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery in 2013.
The catch from British Columbian (Area 2B) waters represents 99% of the 2014 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 6.0 million pounds, or 100% of the 2013 catch limit, had been landed from Area 2B in 2013.
Area 2A Incidental Commercial Halibut Fishery During the Limited Entry, Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery
The total allowable incidental commercial catch of halibut allocated to the limited entry, fixed gear sablefish fishery, which operates in Area 2A north of Point Chehalis, Washington, is 14,274 pounds. Incidental catch of halibut in the sablefish fishery was allowed beginning April 1. It is estimated that 10,511 pounds of halibut were landed during the 2014 season. The incidental commercial halibut fishery during the limited entry, fixed gear sablefish fishery closed on October 31.
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Bruce M. Leaman
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983