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IPHC Media Release 2020-016 Pacific Halibut Sales In 2020 – Seeking Interested Buyers

25 June 2020

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) will be selling Pacific halibut caught and sampled during its Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) to offset costs associated with conducting the FISS, in accordance with the Convention between Canada and the United States of America. Interested buyers are requested to submit the attached form indicating their interest to be notified and to receive a request for tender when these sales are being made in select ports. 

These landings and associated sales will take place between early July and early September. Average trip poundage for Pacific halibut will range from two tonnes (~5,000 pounds) to 16 tonnes (~35,000 pounds) with incidental amounts of rockfish (Sebastes spp.) and Pacific cod.  Pacific halibut sales will also include any Pacific halibut that are sampled and less than 32 inches in length.

Sales will be awarded based on the IPHC’s objectives of achieving a fair market price. Sale agreements will be based on prices at the time of the sale. The IPHC will not enter into any consignment or profit-sharing arrangements. The IPHC plans to contact interested Pacific halibut buyers prior to each landing. Preferences will be given to buyers with a history of successfully marketing Pacific halibut and following ethical business practices. In awarding sales, the IPHC will consider: (1) price; (2) the number of years buyers have been buying and marketing Pacific halibut; (3) how fish are graded at the dock, including the determination of No. 2 Pacific halibut and chalky fish; and (4) promptness in settlements following deliveries. Obtaining a fair market price will be a primary consideration in awarding fish sales. The IPHC will also attempt to distribute sales among as many qualified buyers as possible, subject to fair market value.

All buyers (including those with past IPHC sales history) interested in purchasing IPHC FISS landings in 2020 should complete the attached IPHC Interested Buyer Form and email it to the IPHC Secretariat at  by 1 July 2020. This form may also be submitted via the IPHC website: Submission of this form will ensure you are informed of purchasing opportunities throughout 2020 FISS operations.  For further information, please contact the 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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