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2014 Halibut Landing Report No. 1 Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 April 2014 15:43

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2014 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ fishery through April 15, 2014 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through April 14, 2014. No Alaskan Community Development Quota (CDQ) landings have occurred thus far in 2014.

Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 08:23
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2014 IPHC Charter Opportunities Print E-mail
Friday, 07 February 2014 16:25

IPHC Requests Bids for 2014 Standardized Stock Assessment Charters

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking longline vessels to conduct survey fishing in 2014. 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. Legal-sized halibut from all skates and some bycatch will be retained and sold by the IPHC to reduce charter expenses. The 2014 setline survey will cover 31 regions, from northern California to the northern Bering Sea including the Aleutian Islands.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 16:44
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International Pacific Halibut Commission Solicits Applications for IPHC Merit Scholarship Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 07:00

International Pacific Halibut Commission
Solicits Applications for IPHC Merit Scholarship

The International Pacific Halibut Commission funds several Merit Scholarships to support university, technical college, and other post-secondary education. The scholarship fund has been established to assist the further education of Canadian and U.S. students connected to the halibut fishery and its industry. Generally, a single new scholarship valued at $2,000 (US) per year is awarded. The scholarships are renewable annually for the normal four-year period of undergraduate education, subject to maintenance of satisfactory academic performance. A committee of industry and Commission representatives reviews applications and determines recipients based on academic qualifications, career goals, and relationship to the halibut industry.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 14:26
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Halibut Commission Completes 2014 Annual Meeting Print E-mail
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:19

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its 90th Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on January 17, with Dr. James Balsiger of Juneau, Alaska, presiding as Chair. More than 250 halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with over 60 more participating via the web. All of the Commission’s public and administrative sessions during the meeting were open to the public and broadcast on the web.

The Commission is recommending to the governments of Canada and the United States catch limits for 2014 totaling 27,515,000 pounds. The Commission is responding to stock challenges with a risk-based precautionary approach and review of the current harvest policy to ensure the best possible advice. Accordingly, it has set catch limits that should achieve a lower coastwide harvest rate than the 2013 catch limits of 31,028,000 pounds. The Commission also addressed other regulatory issues and took actions regarding assessment survey expansion, bycatch management, and follow-up from the 2012 IPHC performance review.

A news release issued January 17, 2014, announced the catch limits and fishing seasons for 2014, and that information is repeated in this news release. Documents and presentations from the Annual Meeting can be found on the Annual Meeting page of the IPHC website: http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting.html.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 January 2014 11:29
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Halibut Commission Announces 2014 Catch Limits and Seasons Print E-mail
Friday, 17 January 2014 16:18

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its Ninetieth Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA on January 17, 2014. More than 250 halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with over 60 more participating in web broadcasts of the public sessions.

Last Updated on Friday, 17 January 2014 17:09
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