2014 IPHC Annual Meeting
The Ninetieth Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be held from Monday, January 13 through Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Seattle in Seattle, Washington. This year’s meeting is scheduled to open on Monday with presentations on the fishery, the 2013 stock assessment, and the harvest decision table, and conclude on Friday with Commission approval of catch limits and regulations.
The changes which were made to the Annual Meeting schedule and format in 2013 to make its proceedings more open and transparent are being continued this year. All public sessions and administrative sessions will be open to the public. These open sessions will also be webcast.
The Grand Hyatt Seattle is located at 721 Pine Street in downtown Seattle. A block of rooms has been reserved for Annual Meeting attendees at the hotel until December 23, 2013 at a special rate of $137, plus taxes. After the cut-off date, the special rate and/or rooms may not be available. For reservations please visit the meeting reservation site at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/IntlPacificHalibutCommission. If phoning for reservations, please call (402) 592-6464 or (888) 735-2954 and identify yourself as attending the International Pacific Halibut Commission Annual Meeting to receive the special rate and ensure room availability.
The 2014 IPHC Annual Meeting Schedule of Sessions and the corresponding hotel meeting room locations will be released in December 2013. This page will be updated regularly with new information, including the agenda and meeting reports and presentations, as the meeting date approaches.
2013 IPHC Annual Meeting
The Eighty-Ninth Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission was held from Monday, January 21 through Friday, January 25, 2013 at The Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC.
The results of the 2013 Annual Meeting has been summarized in news release form.
Please see Information Bulletin 70 for a discussion of the changes to the IPHC staff harvest advice (http://www.iphc.int/library/bulletins/300-ib0070.html).
2012 IPHC Annual Meeting
Update on Items from the 2012 Commission Annual Meeting
The findings and recommendations from the Performance Review, conducted by CONCUR Inc, were presented in a webcast in May 2012 (see the Performance Review page on the IPHC website: (http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/review.html). The Commission initiated a public comment period, ending June 30, and the public comments received are posted on the Performance Review page. All feedback will be further considered at a Commissioner-led, internal work meeting being held in late September 2012. The Commission will develop proposed responses to the recommendations for its Interim Meeting (November 28-29), and action plans will be finalized at the Commission’s Annual Meeting in Victoria BC (January 22-25, 2013).
Science and Assessment Strategic Planning
The Commission held a science and assessment strategic planning meeting in May 2012, following the presentation of the results of the Performance Review. This meeting identified four areas of priority science-related activity for the Commission and its staff: peer review of the existing stock assessment, development of a long-term peer review process for stock assessments, development of a five-year research plan, and development of a public engagement strategy for the Commission’s Management Strategy Evaluation. The Commission will further review and consider next steps for all four of these elements at its work meeting in September. The review of the Commission’s existing stock assessment will occur in October and will utilize a small bi-national work team, with IPHC scientists. Subsequent peer reviews will involve public participation.
Bycatch Estimates and Recreational Fishery Release Mortality Data
The Commission’s Halibut Bycatch Work Group, supported by a Commissioner-engaged Project Team, is working on next steps to address bycatch issues. They are working collaboratively with domestic agencies to update estimates of bycatch mortality in non-halibut fisheries with no observer monitoring and continuing work to identify measures to reduce bycatch mortality in non-target fisheries. Several estimates currently used have not been updated recently and the Commission is working to improve this estimation. This work is also building on the joint IPHC-North Pacific Fishery Management Council workshop in April, 2012, which identified many areas of further work including halibut migration studies and alternative bycatch management approaches.
In addition, the Commission has contacted domestic agencies to initiate the estimation of release mortality occurring in recreational fisheries. The increasing proportion of total removals accounted for by recreational fisheries, the magnitude of releases of sport-caught fish in some areas, and the lack of accounting for such release mortality in the halibut stock assessment has prompted the Commission to solicit estimates of this mortality from the involved agencies.
The Eighty-eighth Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission was held from Tuesday, January 24 through Friday, January 27, 2012.
2011 IPHC Annual Meeting
The Eighty-seventh Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission was held from Tuesday, January 25 through Friday, January 28, 2011.
2010 IPHC Annual Meeting
The Eighty-sixth Annual Meeting of the International Pacific Halibut Commission was be held from Tuesday, January 26 through Friday, January 29, 2010 at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront.