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IPHC Media Release 2021-013 Attention Salmon Processors – Additional Chum Salmon Needed for the 2021 IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS)

25 March 2021

SEATTLE  The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will require approximately 77 tonnes (170,000 pounds) of fish for the 2021 Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS).

Due to the scientific nature of the study, IPHC quality requirements and standardisation exceed those normally provided by industry as bait chum.

Chum salmon requirements:

  • Headed and gutted (H&G)
  • Individually quick frozen (IQF).
  • Minimum grade is semi-bright #2s (ASMI grade A-E).
  • 2 to 3 kg (4 to 6 lb) and 3 to 4 kg (6 to 9 lb) preferred; >4 kg (>9 lb) considered.
  • Fish will be inspected by the IPHC Secretariat prior to purchase to ensure that the flesh is firm and has been processed in a manner that maintains the required quality.
  • Fish must be toted in ~0.5 tonne (1,200 lb) fiber totes.
  • Information on the month of capture, the run for each unit/tote of fish purchased, and tote weight is required. Also, the labeling of totes as IPHC specific product before shipment preferred.
  • Must have been caught and processed no earlier than June 2020.

The IPHC will consider quantity offered, size, quality, price and preseason storage or supply location when making purchases. To be included in purchase negotiations, complete the form at the following location: 2021-013 RFT Submission Form by 11:59pm Pacific on 5 April 2021. Purchase agreements will be released to the parties by 15 April 2021.  

Chum salmon will be needed at the following locations (maximum amounts needed at each port for the season are indicated, the total amount purchased in-season will not exceed the additional ~77 tonnes (~170,000 pounds) needed):

• Adak- 9.80 tonnes (21,600 pounds)
• Dutch Harbor- 20.68 tonnes (45,600 pounds)
• Homer/Seward- 38.10 tonnes (84,000 pounds)
• Juneau- 7.08 tonnes (15,600 pounds)
• Ketchikan- 6.53 tonnes (14,400 pounds)
• Kodiak- 25.58 tonnes (56,400 pounds)
• Petersburg- 7.08 tonnes (15,600 pounds)
• Yakutat- 15.24 tonnes (33,600 pounds)
• Newport- 2.72 tonnes (6,000 pounds)
• Bellingham- 2.18 tonnes (4,800 pounds)
• Prince Rupert, BC- 19.60 tonnes (43,200 pounds)
• Port Hardy, BC- 9.80 tonnes (21,600 pounds)

For further information please contact the IPHC Secretariat at or 206.634.1838.

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


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