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IPHC Media Release 2020-008 Notification of IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) 2020 Contract Awards

22 April 2020

SEATTLE – The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is chartering longline vessels to conduct its Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) in 2020. The primary purpose of the FISS is to collect standardized fishery-independent data for use in the Pacific halibut stock assessment. This information is used to study aspects of the Pacific halibut resource such as growth, distribution, biomass, age composition, sexual maturity, and relative abundance of other species.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, the IPHC has tentatively agreed to a reduced FISS in 2020. No contracts are being awarded for the IPHC Regulatory Areas 2A, 4A, 4B, and 4CDE/Closed Area.  The following charter regions were also removed from IPHC Regulatory Area 2B: Vancouver and IPHC Regulatory Area 3B: Shumagin and Sanak.

Thus, the 2020 FISS is currently planned to cover 17 charter regions within the IPHC Convention Area with a grid of stations from the coast of British Columbia to the Gulf of Alaska. The 2020 IPHC FISS contract awards are listed in the table below. Please note however, that a final decision on whether the 2020 FISS will be feasible given COVID-19 will not be made until late May.

2020 IPHC FISS Contract Awards       

IPHC Regulatory Area

IPHC Charter Region

Vessel

Project

Lump Sum (USD)

Share of O32 Pacific halibut

Share of non-viable bycatch

2A

Washington

-

-

-

-

-

2B

Vancouver

-

-

-

-

-

2B

Goose Island

Bold Pursuit

FISS

$88,000

10%

$2,000 1

2B

St James (fixed gear)

Vanisle

FISS gear comparison

$96,884

10%

0%

2B

St James (snap gear)

Hanna-Lio

FISS gear comparison

$47,312

10%

$2,500 1

2B

Charlotte

Bold Pursuit

FISS

$122,000

10%

$7,000 1

2C

Ketchikan

Star Wars II

FISS

$66,418

10%

50%

2C

Ommaney

Star Wars II

FISS

$68,418

10%

50%

2C

Sitka

Pender Isle

FISS

$75,000

10%

50%

3A

Fairweather

Pender Isle

FISS

$85,000

10%

50%

3A

Yakutat

Seymour

FISS

$105,000

10%

50%

3A

Prince William Sound

Polaris

FISS

$115,000

10%

50%

3A

Seward

Polaris

FISS

$77,000

10%

50%

3A

Gore Point

Allstar

FISS

$78,000

10%

50%

3A

Portlock

Devotion

FISS

$89,250

10%

50%

3A

Albatross

Kema Sue

FISS

$85,700

10%

50%

3A

Shelikof

Kema Sue

FISS

$112,000

10%

50%

3B

Trinity

St. Nicholas

FISS

$39,000

10%

50%

3B

Semidi

St. Nicholas

FISS

$43,000

10%

50%

3B

Chignik

Devotion

FISS

$55,000

10%

50%

3B

Shumagin

-

-

-

-

-

3B

Sanak

-

-

-

-

-

4A

Unalaska

-

-

-

-

-

4B

Adak

-

-

-

-

-

4CDE/Closed

4D Edge South

-

-

-

-

-

4CDE/Closed

4D Edge Central

-

-

-

-

-

4CDE/Closed

4D Edge North

-

-

-

-

-

Note: 1 Bycatch processing lump sum payments


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International Pacific Halibut Commission
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Seattle, WA 98199-1287
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