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IPHC Media Release 2020-008 Notification of IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) 2020 Contract Awards

22 April 2020

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is chartering longline vessels to conduct its Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) in 2020. The primary purpose of the FISS is to collect standardized fishery-independent data for use in the Pacific halibut stock assessment. This information is used to study aspects of the Pacific halibut resource such as growth, distribution, biomass, age composition, sexual maturity, and relative abundance of other species.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the IPHC has tentatively agreed to a reduced FISS in 2020. No contracts are being awarded for the IPHC Regulatory Areas 2A, 4A, 4B, and 4CDE/Closed Area.  The following charter regions were also removed from IPHC Regulatory Area 2B: Vancouver and IPHC Regulatory Area 3B: Shumagin and Sanak.

Thus, the 2020 FISS is currently planned to cover 17 charter regions within the IPHC Convention Area with a grid of stations from the coast of British Columbia to the Gulf of Alaska. The 2020 IPHC FISS contract awards are listed in the table below. Please note however, that a final decision on whether the 2020 FISS will be feasible given COVID-19 will not be made until late May.

2020 IPHC FISS Contract Awards       

IPHC Regulatory AreaIPHC Charter RegionVesselProjectLump Sum (USD)Share of O32 Pacific halibutShare of non-viable bycatch
2AWashington
2BVancouver
2BGoose IslandBold PursuitFISS$88,00010%$2,000 1
2BSt James (fixed gear)VanisleFISS gear comparison$96,88410%0%
2BSt James (snap gear)Hanna-LioFISS gear comparison$47,31210%$2,500 1
2BCharlotteBold PursuitFISS$122,00010%$7,000 1
2CKetchikanStar Wars IIFISS$66,41810%50%
2COmmaneyStar Wars IIFISS$68,41810%50%
2CSitkaPender IsleFISS$75,00010%50%
3AFairweatherPender IsleFISS$85,00010%50%
3AYakutatSeymourFISS$105,00010%50%
3APrince William SoundPolarisFISS$115,00010%50%
3ASewardPolarisFISS$77,00010%50%
3AGore PointAllstarFISS$78,00010%50%
3APortlockDevotionFISS$89,25010%50%
3AAlbatrossKema SueFISS$85,70010%50%
3AShelikofKema SueFISS$112,00010%50%
3BTrinitySt. NicholasFISS$39,00010%50%
3BSemidiSt. NicholasFISS$43,00010%50%
3BChignikDevotionFISS$55,00010%50%
3BShumagin
3BSanak
4AUnalaska
4BAdak
4CDE/Closed4D Edge South
4CDE/Closed4D Edge Central
4CDE/Closed4D Edge North
Note: Bycatch processing lump sum payments


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International Pacific Halibut Commission
2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98199-1287
206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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