Fishery Regulations

Fishery Regulations

The IPHC Fishery Regulations published here are for information purposes only: International Pacific Halibut Commission Fishery Regulations (2021) (22 February 2021)

Official regulations adopted by the Contracting Parties are available at the following web-links:

Submit a

   (1) New/Revised Fishery Regulation

   (2) Fishery Regulation Comment

Please select the appropriate link below.

IPHC Rules of Procedure (2020): Regulatory Proposals

IPHC Rules of Procedure (2020): Regulatory Proposals

8.5 New regulatory proposals or amendments to existing regulations (including catch limit proposals) shall be submitted to the Executive Director no less than 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session at which they are to be considered. The Executive Director shall make the proposals available on the public access area of the IPHC website no later than one (1) business day after receipt.

8.6 The Executive Director shall not accept any new Regulatory Proposals or amendments to existing Regulations if received after the deadline stated in Rule 8.5. Regulatory Proposals received later than 30 days in advance of the Session shall be deemed as Information Papers only.

Interim Meeting Process

INTERIM MEETING - Regulatory proposal deadline: 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session.

Step 1: Submit your draft IPHC Regulatory proposal using our form linked below no later than 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session. Regulatory proposals received after this deadline shall be deemed as Information Papers only.

IPHC Fishery Regulation Proposal Form

Step 2: The regulatory proposal shall be numbered and published to the IPHC Interim Meeting webpage, no later than one (1) business day after receipt, by the IPHC Secretariat.

Step 3: The IPHC Secretariat shall review the regulatory proposal and develop an accompanying Implementation Note, detailing how the regulatory proposal could be implemented, as well as any complications. This may or may not include specific regulatory text additions or amendments.

Step 4: The Commission shall review the regulatory proposal in tandem with the Implementation Note at the Interim Meeting and provide an indication of whether additional information is required from the regulatory proposal author and/or the IPHC Secretariat, for further consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Step 5: The IPHC Secretariat shall contact each regulatory proposal author and indicate if the Commission has requested additional information.

NOTE: Although it is not mandatory to submit draft regulatory proposals to the IPHC Interim Meeting, it is highly encouraged as it will provide the Commissioners and IPHC Secretariat staff additional time to seek clarification if necessary. 

Annual Meeting Process

ANNUAL MEETING - Submission deadline: 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session. Contracting Parties: The Fishery.

Select one of two options:

Option 1 – Fishery Regulation Proposal

Option 2 – Fishery Regulation Comment

Option 1 – Submit full proposal: formal submissions for new Fishery Regulations or amendments to existing Fishery Regulations should adhere to the process detailed below:

Step 1:
     1. Fishery Regulation proposal considered at the Interim Meeting: Any Fishery Regulation proposal considered at the Interim Meeting will automatically be considered at the Annual Meeting, either in its original form or as a revised Fishery Regulation proposal. The IPHC Secretariat will modify its Implementation Note based on any further amendments of the proposal made by the author. ‘OR’
     2. Fishery Regulation Proposal not considered at the Interim Meeting: Submit your draft IPHC Fishery Regulation proposal using our form below no later than 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session. Fishery Regulation proposals received after this deadline shall be deemed as Information Papers only.

IPHC Fishery Regulation Proposal Form - full proposal submission

Step 2: The fishery regulation proposal shall be numbered and published to the IPHC Annual Meeting webpage, no later than one (1) business day after receipt, by the IPHC Secretariat.

Step 3: The IPHC Secretariat shall review the fishery regulation proposal and develop an accompanying Implementation Note, detailing how the fishery regulation proposal may be implemented, as well as any complications. This may or may not include specific fishery regulation text additions or amendments.

Step 4: The Commission shall review the fishery regulation proposal in tandem with the Implementation Note at the Annual Meeting.

Option 2 – Fishery Regulation Comment: Informal statements or comments on Fishery Regulations or Fishery Regulation proposal by stakeholders should be submitted as an email to the following address, secretariat@iphc.int, which will then be provided to the Commissioners as Stakeholder Fishery Regulation comments at each Session. 

Regulations adopted annually by the Commission are then submitted to the two Contracting Parties for internal approval and implementation.

Request an IPHC Permit

An IPHC Permit is required to capture or use Pacific halibut for any purpose not included in the International Pacific Halibut Commission Fishery Regulations (2020) (17 September 2020). This includes research or tagging activities by entities other than the IPHC. For a list of current and expired IPHC Permits visit our Permitting page. 

IPHC Permit Request Form