Washington Sport Fisheries to Reopen
WDFW Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores): 21 May 2017
In the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) all-depth primary fishery, WDFW estimates that 37,686 pounds were landed during the first three May 2017 openings, leaving an estimated 10,621 pounds available for potential harvest from the quota allocation. Fishery managers anticipate this will sustain one more day of fishing, thus the Washington South Coast (WDFW Marine Area 2) primary sport fishery will reopen for one day on Sunday, 21 May 2017.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has determined that fishing period limits will be required during the 28 June 10-hour non-treaty directed commercial fishing period in Area 2A to avoid exceeding the 225,591 pound (net weight) catch limit. The 28 June fishing period will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 6:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The fishery is restricted to waters 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.
Washington Coast Sport Fisheries Update: Season EXTENSION
Washington Sport Fisheries to Reopen on 21 May 2017
In the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores) all-depth primary fishery, WDFW estimates that 27,235 pounds were landed during the 4 May 2017 and 6 May 2017 openings, leaving an estimated 21,072 pounds available for potential harvest from the quota allocation. The preliminary catch estimate by WDFW for the Washington North Coast primary sport Pacific halibut fishery in WDFW Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) during 4 May 2017 and 6 May 2017 was estimated at 43,517 pounds, leaving an estimated 72,082 pounds available for potential harvest. The preliminary catch estimate in WDFW Marine Areas 5-10 (Puget Sound) was 23,764 pounds, leaving an estimated 41,198 for potential harvest.
Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2017 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 11 March 2017. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ fishery through 23 April 2017 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 20 April 2017. No Alaskan Community Development Quota (CDQ) landings have occurred thus far in 2017.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC, or Commission) will be conducting research operations off northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska during 2017 and will be selling Pacific halibut caught and sampled during the operations to offset costs associated with conducting the research. This news release is intended to notify industry of the IPHC plan to sell fish and to update lists of interested buyers in ports where IPHC-chartered boats will offload catch.
International Pacific Halibut Commission 2017 Annual Meeting (AM03)
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) completed its 93rd Annual Meeting (AM093) in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, on 27 January 2017, with Mr. Paul Ryall of Canada presiding as Chairperson. More than 330 Pacific halibut industry stakeholders attended the meeting, with over 160 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 of America catch limits for 2017 totaling 31.4 million pounds. The Commission also addressed other regulatory issues and took actions regarding the IPHC fishery-independent setline survey expansion and its harvest policy. A news release issued on 27 January 2017 announced the catch limits and fishing seasons for 2017, 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.