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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 secretariat@iphc.int 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 https://www.iphc.int/the-commission/structure-of-the-commission) are also available to discuss the MSAB and the MSE process.

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

International Pacific Halibut Commission
2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98199-1287
206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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IPHC-2024-CR-010 Publication of the IPHC Annual Report 2023 (IPHC-2024-AR2023-R)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

IPHC-2024-MR–009 Ongoing and recent Pacific halibut tagging studies

22 March 2024

Wire tagging of U32 Pacific halibut  In 2015, the IPHC began wire-tagging Pacific halibut less than 32” (81.3 cm) in fork length (U32) with the goal of gaining insight into the movement and growth of younger Pacific halibut. The plastic-coated wire tags are of various colors, are attached to the dark side cheek area (Fig. A), and are marked with IPHC contact information and a tag number.

A subset of these fish, tagged with orange tags with the text “PLEASE PHOTOGRAPH TAIL”, are part of a study investigating whether pigmentation patterns on the white side of the tail persist through life and can therefore be used as a natural tag. The IPHC would like harvesters recovering these tags to photograph the tail on the white side (example in Fig. B) and provide the photo along with the tag and associated recovery information to an IPHC fisheries data specialist located in ports coastwide, or to the Seattle office.

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Instructions for recovered tags

Tagged Pacific halibut of any size may be retained from any gear or fishery, whether or not the fisher holds Pacific halibut quota, and at any time of year, although undersized fish may not be sold.

Leave the tag(s) attached to the fish and report the capture at time of landing to an IPHC fisheries data specialist, other agency fishery sampler, or contact the IPHC Seattle office at (206) 634-1838 (or secretariat@iphc.int). IPHC has fisheries data specialists in Dutch Harbor, Kodiak, Homer, Seward, Sitka, Juneau, and Petersburg, AK as well as Prince Rupert and Port Hardy, BC throughout the commercial Pacific halibut season, and in St. Paul, AK from mid-June through August.

If you catch a tagged Pacific halibut, and are landing in a port not staffed by an IPHC fisheries data specialist, or other agency fish sampler, please return the tag with the following information: recovery date and location, fish length, sex, otoliths, and finder’s name and address to the IPHC’s Seattle office at the following address:

2320 West Commodore Way, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98199, USA

A reward of either a hat, knit cap, or $10 is offered for IPHC tags. More information on tag recovery and biological data collection can be found at:  https://www.iphc.int/research/tag-recovery-and-reward/. Tag-related questions can also be directed to tag@iphc.int, or Secretariat@iphc.int

International Pacific Halibut Commission
2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98199-1287
206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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IPHC-2024-CR-009 Invitation to the 24th Session of the IPHC Scientific Review Board (SRB024)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

IPHC-2024-MR–007 Commercial fishing period opening today

15 March 2024

SEATTLE – In accordance with the 2024 IPHC Fishery Regulations, Section 9 (Commercial Fishing Periods), commercial fishing for Pacific halibut in all IPHC Regulatory Areas may begin no earlier in the year than 06:00 local time on 15 March.

The fishery is now open in all IPHC Regulatory Areas besides Regulatory Area 2A, where commercial fishing periods will be announced by NOAA Fisheries and published in the Federal Register.

For further information please contact the IPHC Secretariat at secretariat@iphc.int or 206.634.1838.

IPHC Secretariat
International Pacific Halibut Commission
2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98199-1287
206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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IPHC-2024-CR-005 Report of the 100th Session of the IPHC Annual Meeting (AM100)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

IPHC-2024-CR-004 Report of the 94th Session of the IPHC Conference Board (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

IPHC CIRCULAR 2024-004
SUBJECT: REPORT OF THE 94th SESSION OF THE IPHC CONFERENCE BOARD (CB094)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

REPORT OF THE 29th SESSION OF THE IPHC PROCESSOR ADVISORY
BOARD (PAB029)

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES

FOR INFORMATION – 2023 IPHC FISHERY-INDEPENDENT SETLINE SURVEY
DATA INTERACTIVES