The International Pacific Halibut Commission reports that the total catch limit for the Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial fishery has been reached following the July 20 fishing period. Therefore, the Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of 2016.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2016 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 19. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through July 19, 2016 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through July 18, 2016.

The June 22 and July 6 non-treaty commercial halibut fishing periods in Area 2A resulted in an estimated catch of 173,000 pounds, leaving approximately 20,000 pounds in the directed commercial allocation.

Area 2A will re-open on July 20 for 10 hours, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The fishery is restricted to waters that are south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53’18” N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.

The June 22 non-treaty commercial fishing period in Area 2A resulted in an estimated catch of 89,800 pounds, leaving approximately 103,600 pounds in the directed commercial allocation.

Area 2A will re-open on July 6 for 10 hours, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM local time. The fishery is restricted to waters that are south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53’30” N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.

Oregon All-Depth Sport Fishery Closed Until August

 

The estimated harvest from the recent June 17-18 opening in the Oregon Central Coast all-depth sport spring halibut fishery is 23,393 pounds, resulting in a total of 132,097 pounds being landed. This is 2,059 pounds over the spring allocation. Therefore, the spring Central Coast all-depth sport halibut fishery is now closed. The quota overage from the spring all-depth fishery will be deducted from the summer

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2016 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 19. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through June 19, 2016 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through June 17, 2016.