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IPHC News Release 2018-018 Non-Treaty Directed Commercial Fishery: Fishing Period Limits in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A For 25 July 2018 Fishing Period

18 July 2018

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has determined the following catch limits shall apply for a 25 July 2018, 10-hour non-treaty directed commercial fishery opening (the fishery) in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A. The overall catch limit for this fishery is 201,845 pounds; 91.56 metric tons.

The 25 July 2018 fishing period will begin at 08:00 hrs and end at 18:00 hrs Pacific Daylight Time. The fishery is restricted to waters south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53.30’ N. latitude) under regulations promulgated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries. Fishing period limits as indicated in the following table will be in effect for this opening.

Vessel ClassFishing period catch limit
LengthLetterDressed, head-on with ice/slime (pounds)Dressed, head-on with ice/slime (metric tons)

The appropriate vessel length class and letter are printed on each vessel license. The fishing period catch limit applies to the vessel, not the individual fisher, and any landings over the vessel limit will be subject to forfeiture and fine.

The fishing period catch limit is shown in terms of dressed, head-on weight, and fishers are reminded that regulations require that all Pacific halibut be landed with the head naturally attached. Additionally, fishers are reminded that there is a 72-hour rule, whereby a vessel that will be used in the fishery may not be used to fish for any species of fish anywhere in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A during the 72-hour period immediately before the non-Treaty directed commercial fishery fishing period unless all catch of other species has been completely offloaded or the vessel submits to a hold inspection by an authorized officer prior to the start of the fishing period (see IPHC Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations 2018, sections 20(7)(a)(b) and 20(8)(a)(b)).

NOAA Fisheries has implemented mandatory area closures that are in effect for the directed Pacific halibut fishery to protect specific rockfish species. For the exact coordinates of the closed areas, go to the following web page: For further information, call the NOAA Fisheries hotline at 1 800-662-9825, then press “7” for Pacific halibut fisheries.

Due to the short notice nature of this notification, it is posted to our website only, and no paper copy has been mailed out.


Dear Reader: The IPHC is moving towards fully electronic information distribution. As such, if you would like to continue to receive IPHC news in the future, please click the following link to subscribe: Hard copies of news releases and similar bulletins will cease in the coming months.

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




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Non-Treaty Directed Commercial Fishery: Fishing Period Limits in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A For 25 July 2018 Fishing Period

18 Jul 2018


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