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IPHC-2024-MR010 Open call for expressions of interest: IPHC Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB) membership

08 April 2024

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from persons seeking to serve as members of its Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB).

The MSAB currently meets at least once each year, in May, for 2–4 days. An additional 1–3 day meeting may occur in October, if needed. MSAB members serve without compensation from the Commission, although travel expenses to meetings of the MSAB, and associated per diem, are fully paid for non-government members.

The primary role of the MSAB is to advise the Commission on the Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) process. MSE is a stakeholder-informed, scientifically driven process supporting the development of a revised IPHC harvest strategy policy. The primary objectives of the MSAB, as described in Appendix V of the IPHC Rules of Procedure (2024), are as follows:

  1. recommend clear measurable objectives and performance metrics for the fisheries;
  2. propose candidate management strategies, which include aspects of the fisheries that can be managed (e.g. regulatory requirements);
  3. provide suggestions to the IPHC Secretariat about plausible fisheries-related scenarios for investigation, which include aspects of the fisheries that cannot be managed by the IPHC (e.g. removals under the management authority of a domestic management agency or changes in fisheries dynamics due to various factors);
  4. encourage and allow members to propose tentative or exploratory ideas without prejudice to future discussions;
  5. assist with interpreting results and identifying important trade-offs between management procedures;
  6. represent information, views, and outcomes of the MSAB discussions to constituents accurately and appropriately;
  7. gather and clearly articulate the interests and concerns of constituents and incorporate them into the MSAB’s discussions.

To perform these duties, the MSAB includes the following interests: harvesters (commercial, sport, and subsistence), fisheries managers, processors, science advisors, and other experts as required, and be facilitated by the IPHC Secretariat. Representation may not be distributed throughout IPHC Regulatory Areas, but may be a consideration when determining membership. The term of MSAB members is four years, and members may serve additional terms at the discretion of the Commission.

Expressions of interest are invited for the following eight (8) vacancies:

  1. Commercial harvesters: Canada (1), USA (2);
  2. First Nations/Tribal fisheries: Canada (1), USA (1);
  3. Processors: Canada (2);
  4. Recreational/Sport fisheries: Canada (1).

EOI format:

  1. MSAB vacancy (sector and country)
  2. Full name
  3. Contact information
  4. Supporting documentation (e.g. letters of support from relevant sector).

EOIs must be received by the IPHC Secretariat via email at no later than the close of business on 19 April 2024.

The Commission is expected to make an intersessional decision on membership in time for any new members to be able to participate in the 19th Session of the Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB019), scheduled for 1–3 May 2024.

Current Board members (listed on the IPHC website at are also available to discuss the MSAB and the MSE process.

For further information please contact the IPHC Secretariat at or (206) 634-1838.

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


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