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International Pacific Halibut Commission Solicits Applications for IPHC Merit Scholarship Print E-mail
Monday, 23 February 2015 15:21

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.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 16:15
IPHC Requests Bids for 2015 Standardized Stock Assessment Charters Print E-mail
Friday, 13 February 2015 09:48

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is seeking longline vessels to conduct survey fishing in 2015. 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, sampled for biological data, and sold by the IPHC to reduce charter expenses. The 2015 setline survey will cover 30 regions, from Oregon to the northern Bering Sea including the Aleutian Islands. The 2015 fishing effort includes the eastern Bering Sea flats (last fished in 2006). All regions are open for single year bids. Vessels will fish 7 skates of gear at each station (5 skates on the eastern Bering Sea flats) 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 20 - 36 days. Vessels are encouraged to bid for multiple areas, and may be awarded up to three regions. Survey fishing must be completed between May 24th and August 31st, 2015.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 February 2015 13:50
Halibut Commission Completes 2015 Annual Meeting Print E-mail
Monday, 09 February 2015 15:59

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its 91st Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, on January 30, 2015, with Mr. Paul Ryall presiding as Chair. More than 250 halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with over 75 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 2015 totaling 29,223,000 pounds. The Commission is responding to stock challenges with a risk-based precautionary approach and a review of the current harvest policy to ensure the best possible advice. The Commission also addressed other regulatory issues and took actions regarding assessment survey expansion and bycatch management.

A news release issued January 30, 2015, announced the catch limits and fishing seasons for 2015, 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 Monday, 09 February 2015 17:08
Halibut Commission Announces 2015 Catch Limits and Seasons Print E-mail
Friday, 30 January 2015 10:55

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its Ninety-first Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC on January 30, 2015. More than 250 halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with over 75 more participating in web broadcasts of the public sessions.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 February 2015 17:09