Fishery Regulations

Fishery Regulations

The Pacific halibut fishery Regulations published here are for information purposes only:  Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations (2018)

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

As noted in IPHC News Release 2018-05, both Canada and the United States of America have adopted more restrictive Pacific halibut catch limits for 2018 than are listed in the Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations (2018). Please consult the Contracting Parties’ official regulations.

Submit a New/Revised Fishery Regulation 

Please note that the deadline for proposals to be considered at the 2018 IPHC Interim Meeting (IM094) is 28 October 2018. The deadline for proposals to be considered at the 2019 IPHC Annual Meeting (AM095) is 29 December 2018. Please select the appropriate link below to submit IPHC Fishery Regulation proposals for consideration by the Commission.

IPHC Rules of Procedure (2017): Regulatory Proposals

IPHC Rules of Procedure (2017): 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. Proposals received after this deadline will not be considered at the Interim Meeting.

Regulatory Proposal Submission Form

Step 2: The 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 proposal and develop an accompanying Implementation Note, detailing how the 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 proposal in tandem with the Implementation Note at the Interim Meeting and provide an indication of whether additional information is required from the proposal author and/or the IPHC Secretariat, for further consideration at the upcoming Annual Meeting.

Step 5: The IPHC Secretariat shall contact each 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 - Regulatory proposal deadline: 30 days before the date fixed for the opening of the Session.

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

Regulatory Proposal Submission Form

Step 2: The 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 proposal and develop an accompanying Implementation Note, detailing how the 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 proposal in tandem with the Implementation Note at the Annual Meeting.

NOTE: Please note that only formal submissions for new Regulations or amendments to existing Regulations should adhere to the process detailed above. Informal Statements 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 Statements at each Session. 

Contracting Parties: The Regulatory measures adopted annually by the Commission are then submitted to the two Contracting Parties for internal approval and implementation.