The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking commercial longline vessels to conduct survey fishing in 2013.

The purpose of the setline survey is to collect standardized data used for halibut stock assessment. This information is used to study aspects of the halibut resource such as growth, distribution, biomass, age composition, sexual maturity, and relative abundance of other species. The 2013 setline survey will cover 28 regions, from northern California to the northern Bering Sea including the Aleutian Islands. All regions are open for single year bids. Vessels will fish 6 skates of gear at each station following standard survey protocol. A maximum of 4 stations will be permitted per day. Most regions require 12 - 22 fishing days plus additional days for running, loading and offloading gear and fish, foul weather days, etc. Depending on the region, total charter duration can be expected to be 21 - 35 days. Vessels are encouraged to bid for multiple areas, and may be awarded up to three regions. Survey fishing must be completed between May 26th and August 31st, 2013.

Bids must be received at the IPHC office in Seattle by 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) on Friday, March 15th, 2013.

To receive the latest news, ask to be added to Claude Dykstra's mailing list.