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IPHC Media Release 2021-025 Attention Salmon Processors – Chum Salmon Needed for the IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS)

20 August 2021

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is acquiring approximately 102 tonnes (225,600 pounds) of fish for the 2022 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 2021.

The IPHC will consider quantity offered, size, quality, price and preseason storage location when making purchases. To be included in purchase negotiations, complete the information on the second page of this announcement and submit it to the IPHC Secretariat via e-mail:  by 11:59pm Pacific Time on 3 September 2021. Purchase agreements will be released to the parties by 17 September 2021.  

As part of our planning, the IPHC would also like information on timing, quantity and location availability of chum salmon between the dates of 1 June and 31 August 2022. This will assist the IPHC in determining possible in-season purchases.


During May 2022, fish is shipped to ports specified by the IPHC for the 2022 FISS. Estimated fish needs in 2022 are listed below:

Dutch Harbor17.4238,400Port Hardy10.8924,000
Homer/Seward16.8737,200Prince Rupert5.4412,000
Juneau3.818,400Sand Point6.5314,400

If you would like to be included in purchase negotiations, please complete the following table:

SizeQualityQuantity __kg __lbPrice per __kg __lbPreseason storage location

If you are able to provide chum salmon between 1 June and 31 August 2022, please expand on estimated quantity, timeframe and location. If you offer additional services with your submission or offer in-season chum salmon, please include an explanation with your response. Vendors who are able to provide cold storage from time of purchase until shipment may be preferred. 

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


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