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IPHC News Release 2017-31 Pacific Halibut Landing Report No. 6

21 November 2017

Pacific Halibut Landing Report No. 6

The following has closed for the Pacific halibut sport fishery in Oregon, U.S.A.:

IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Commercial Fisheries

The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A salmon troll fishery was 39,810 pounds (~18.06 metric tons, t). A total of 38,621 pounds (~17.52 t) were landed during the 2017 season.

The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the limited entry, fixed-gear sablefish fishery, which operates in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A north of Point Chehalis, Washington, was 70,000 pounds (~31.75 t). A total of 35,866 pounds (~16.27 t) were landed during the 2017 season.

The total allowable directed commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the non-treaty fishery, which operates in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A south of Point Chehalis, Washington, was 225,591 pounds (102.33 t). A total of 230,000 pounds (~104.33t) were landed during the 2017 season, over three 10-hour openings.

The total allowable commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the treaty fisheries in IPHC Regulatory Area 2C was 435,900 pounds (~197.72 t). A total of 432,482 pounds (~196.17 t) were landed during the 2016 season.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2017 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 11 March 2017. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, were made in the Alaskan Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) fisheries and in the British Columbian Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) fishery during the 2017 commercial season, which closed on 7 November 2017.

IPHC Regulatory AreaCatch Limit
(000s pounds)
Catch
(000s pounds)
Number of
Landings
2C4,2124,0441,358
3A7,7397,5871,470
3B3,1403,022364
4A1,3901,270174
4B1,1401,04894
4CDE1,7001,620620
Alaska Total19,32118,5904,080
2B6,2726,193705
Grand Total25,59324,7834,785

The catch from Alaskan waters represents 96% of the State’s 2017 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 17.7 million pounds (~8,028.59 t), or 97% of the 2016 catch limit, were landed in 2016.

The catch from British Columbian waters represents 99% of the 2017 Regulatory Area 2B commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 6.0 million pounds (~2,721.55 t), or 98% of the 2016 catch limit, had been landed from Regulatory Area 2B in 2016.

Annette Islands Reserve Fishery in IPHC Regulatory Area 2C

The Metlakatla Indian Community has been authorized by the United States Government to conduct a commercial Pacific halibut fishery within the Annette Islands Reserve. The following table lists Pacific halibut catch and numbers of participating vessels by fishing period.

Fishing Period DatesCatch (net pounds)Number of Vessels
14 – 16 April2,99423
05 – 07 May5,15812
19 – 21 May7,91418
02 – 04 June5,35610
16 – 18 June10,13615
30 June – 02 July5,0768
14 – 16 July5,77811
28 – 30 July4,22710
11 – 13 August4,68210
25 – 27 August3,1186
8 – 10 September6,40313
22 – 24 September2,1257
6 – 8 October1,0963

The total landed weight of Pacific halibut reported for 2017 Annette Island Reserve Fishery is 64,363 pounds (~29.19 t).

– END –

David T. Wilson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, IPHC
Phone: (206) 634-1838
Fax: (206) 632-2983

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