To protect the sustainability of the Pacific halibut resource, ensure fair and equitable allocation of the halibut resource among all sectors, and promote rational management of the halibut fishery.
Current Issues (2/3/18):
RQE. At the December 8, 2016 meeting the Council took final action and adopted the Recreational Quota Entity (RQE). The RQE allows charter interests to purchase a limited amount of commercial quota share in area 2A/3A. The program can be implemented once the FINAL RULE is published by NMFS.
Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) H.R.200 - Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act was adopted by the House Resources Committee on December 13, 2017. This bill falls short of holding all sectors accountable for staying with harvest limits. Senator Dan Sullivan (Alaska) is working on the Senate version and a working copy is expected to be available soon. We are working to ensure the Senate version does not create loop holes that do hold all sectors accountable for their harvest limits.
NPFMC Allocation Review. The NPFMC is scheduled to review the allocation between the longline and charter sectors for areas 2C/3A in 2021.
NOAA Seeks Nominations for Halibut Commission
NOAA Fisheries seeks nominations to fill two non-NOAA commissioner seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Through the IPHC, the United States and Canada jointly manage the Pacific halibut fishery. Commissioners serve 2-year terms and may be reappointed. Nominations are due February 28. Current non-government Commissioners are Bob Alverson and Linda Behnken.
Feb 28, 2018 19th Session of the IPHC Research Advisory Board (RAB19)
May 7, 2018. 11th Session of the IPHC Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB11)
Jun 19, 2018 12th Session of the IPHC Scientific Review Board (SRB12)
Sep 25, 2018 13th Session of the IPHC Scientific Review Board (SRB13)
Nov 25-26. Interim Meeting, Seattle, WA
Jan 28- Feb 1, 2019. Annual Meeting, BC
2011 Charter Operators vs Locke (Halibut Charter Limited Entry)
2009 Charter Lawsuit
The Halibut Coalition Speaks Out
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