SPORT FISHERIES: OREGON CENTRAL COAST NEARSHORE CLOSURE pdf

Closed: Oregon’s Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery - The preliminary catch estimate for Oregon’s Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery through 23 July 2017 is 26,073 pounds, leaving an estimated 2,824 pounds to be harvested. As a result, the Oregon Central Coast subarea nearshore Pacific halibut sport fishery will close at the end of the day Sunday, 30 July 2017.  This fishery will then be closed for the remainder of 2017. 

NON-TREATY DIRECTED COMMERCIAL FISHING PERIOD LIMITS IN IPHC REGULATORY AREA 2A FOR 26 JULY 2017 FISHERY pdf

The 28 June 2017 and 12 July 2017 non-treaty directed commercial fishing periods in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A resulted in an estimated combined catch of 160,000 pounds of Pacific halibut, leaving an estimated 65,500 pounds from the harvest allocation. Therefore, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has determined that this fishery will remain open and fishing period limits will be required during the 26 July 2017 10-hour fishing period to avoid exceeding the 225,591 pound (net weight) catch limit. The 26 July 2017 fishing period will begin at 08:00 hrs and end at 18:00 hrs 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.

2017-18 PROCESS AND GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, SUBMISSION, CONSIDERATION AND ADOPTION OF THE IPHC FISHERY REGULATIONS pdf

In accordance the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s Rules of Procedure (2017), the IPHC Secretariat announces the following dates and process for developing and submitting proposals for new or amended IPHC Fishery Regulations. This Regulatory Proposal submission and review process also applies to catch limit proposals, which are in themselves Regulatory Proposals and shall henceforth be referred to as Regulatory Proposals.

NON-TREATY DIRECTED COMMERCIAL FISHING PERIOD LIMITS IN IPHC REGULATORY AREA 2A FOR 12 JULY 2017 FISHERY pdf

The 28 June 2017 non-treaty directed commercial fishing period in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A resulted in an estimated catch of 75,500 pounds, leaving approximately 150,000 pounds in the allocation. Therefore, the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has determined that this fishery will remain open and fishing period limits will be required during the 12 July 2017 10-hour fishing period to avoid exceeding the 225,591 pound (net weight) catch limit. The 12 July 2017 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.

2017 PACIFIC HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 3:  Quota Share Commerical Fisheries Update  pdf

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 and CDQ fisheries through 27 June 2017 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 25 June 2017.

SPORT FISHERIES: WASHINGTON AND COLUMBIA RIVER CLOSURE AND OREGON CENTRAL COAST SEASON EXTENSION pdf

Closed: Washington sport Pacific halibut fisheries - The preliminary catch estimate for all Washington (WDFW Marine Areas 1-10) sport Pacific halibut fishery openings through 17 June 2017 is 235,073 pounds, leaving an estimated 8,594 pounds from the harvest allocation. This amount is not sufficient to sustain further openings this season. Thus, all Washington sport fisheries for Pacific halibut are now closed for the remainder of 2017.