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Pacific Halibut Catch Limits

Table 1A. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 1980 - 1985. Regulatory area definitions as defined in the year and the definitions changed during this time series (see IPHC Technical Report No. 27).
Catch Limits
Regulatory Area 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985
Area 2 (US waters) 3,200
2A1 200 200 200 300 500
Area 2 (Canadian waters) 6,100
2B 5,400 5,400 5,400 9,000 10,000
2C 3,400 3,400 3,400 5,700 9,000
Area 3 10,000
3A 13,0002 14,000 14,000 18,000 23,000
3B 2,0002 3,000 5,000 7,000 9,000
Area 4 1,000 1,000 1,500
4A 1,200 1,200 1,700
4B 800 1,000 1,300
4CD 600
4CDE 850 1,250
Total 20,300 25,000 27,500 30,600 43,050 55,750

1Area 2A catch limit is commercial only.

2 The Area 3 catch limit of 13.0 million pounds (11.0 = 3A; 2.0 = 3B) was raised mid-season to 15.0 million pounds to allow an August fishery in Area 3B.


Table 1B. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 1986 - 1992. Regulatory area definitions as defined in the year and the definitions changed during this time series (see IPHC Technical Report No. 27).
Catch Limits
Regulatory Area 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
2A1 550 550 750 650 520 450 650
2B 11,200 11,500 12,500 10,000 7,800 7,400 8,000
2C 11,200 11,500 11,500 9,500 8,000 7,400 10,000
3A 28,100 31,000 36,000 31,000 31,000 26,600 26,600
3B 10,300 9,500 8,000 8,500 7,200 8,800 8,800
4A 2,000 1,750 1,900 1,800 1,500 1,700 2,300
4B 1,700 1,750 2,000 1,900 1,500 1,700 2,300
4CDE 1,350 1,275 1,500 1,300 1,100 1,300 1,730
Total 66,400 68,825 74,150 64,650 58,620 55,350 60,380
1 Area 2A includes commercial and treaty Indian catch limits in 1986 and 1987. Area 2A includes commercial, sport, and Treaty Tribe catch limits from 1988 to 1999.

 


Table 1C. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 1993 - 1999.
Catch Limits
Regulatory Area 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
2A1 600 550 520 520 700 820 760
2B 10,500 10,000 9,520 9,520 12,500 13,000 12,100
2C 10,000 11,000 9,000 9,000 10,000 10,500 10,490
3A 20,700 26,000 20,000 20,000 25,000 26,000 24,670
3B 6,500 4,000 3,700 3,700 9,000 11,000 13,370
4A 2,020 1,800 1,950 1,950 2,940 3,500 4,240
4B 2,300 2,100 2,310 2,310 3,480 3,500 3,980
4CDE 1,720 1,500 1,660 1,660 2,580 3,500 4,450
Total 54,340 56,950 48,660 48,660 66,200 71,820 74,060
1Area 2A from 1993-1999 includes commercial, sport, and Treaty Tribe catch limits.
Notes:

Areas 3A and 3B closed when the combined Area 3AB catch limit was taken (1985 to 1994).

Areas 4A and 4B closed when the combined Area 4AB catch limit was taken (1986 to 1994).


Table 1D. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 2000-2006.

 

Catch Limits

Regulatory Area 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
2A1 830 1,140 1,310 1,310 1,480 1,330 1,380
2B2 10,600 10,510 11,750 11,750 13,800 13,250 13,220
2C 8,400 8,780 8,500 8,500 10,500 10,930 10,630
3A 18,310 21,890 22,630 22,630 25,060 25,470 25,200
3B 15,030 16,530 17,130 17,130 15,600 13,150 10,860
4A 4,970 4,970 4,970 4,970 3,470 3,440 3,350
4B 4,910 4,910 4,180 4,180 2,810 2,260 1,670
4CDE 4,450 4,450 4,450 4,450 3,785 3,989 3,550
Total 67,500 73,180 74,920 74,920 76,505 73,820 69,860

1Area 2A, from 2000 to present, includes commercial, sport, and Treaty Tribe catch limits.

2Area 2B from 2004 to present includes commercial and sport allocations.


Table 1E. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 2007-2012.

 

Catch Limits

Regulatory Area 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
2A1 1,340 1,220 950 810 910 989
2B2 11,470 9,000 7,630 7,500 7,650 7,038
2C 8,510 6,210 5,020 4,400 2,330 2,624
3A 26,200 24,220 21,700 19,990 14,360 11,918
3B 9,220 10,900 10,900 9,900 7,510 5,070
4A 2,890 3,100 2,550 2,330 2,410 1,567
4B 1,440 1,860 1,870 2,160 2,180 1,869
4CDE 4,100 3,890 3,460 3,580 3,720 2,465
Total 65,170 60,400 54,080 50,670 41,070 33,540

1Area 2A, from 2000 to present, includes commercial, sport, and Treaty Tribe catch limits.

2Area 2B from 2004 to present includes commercial and sport allocations.


Table 1F. Catch limits of Pacific halibut by IPHC regulatory area (in thousands of pounds, net weight), 2013.

 

Catch Limits

Regulatory Area 2013
2A1 990
2B2 7,038
2C 2,970
3A 11,030
3B 4,290
4A 1,330
4B 1,450
4CDE 1,930
Total 31,028

1Area 2A, from 2000 to present, includes commercial, sport, and Treaty Tribe catch limits.

2Area 2B from 2004 to present includes commercial and sport allocations.