Harvest Strategy Policy

Harvest Strategy Policy

The IPHC Harvest Strategy Policy provides a framework for applying a rigorous science-based approach to setting harvest levels for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) within the Convention Area.

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It defines the biological and economic objectives of the Commission, and identifies reference points for use in the harvest strategy to achieve those objectives.

The harvest strategy developed for Pacific halibut provides industry and the Canadian and American communities with confidence that the Pacific halibut resource is being managed for long-term ecological sustainability and economic viability. The implementation of a clearly specified harvest strategy also provides the fishing industry with a more certain operating environment.

In achieving the Commission’s core objectives, the harvest strategy has been developed to be consistent with the principles of ecosystem-based fisheries management and ecologically sustainable development. This includes consideration of the relationship the species has with others in the food web and the marine environment.

The implementation guidelines provide practical advice for readers on how to interpret the harvest strategy policy, how it is applied, as well as detailing the science behind the Commission’s fisheries management decisions.

NOTE: At its 93rd Annual Meeting in January 2017, the Commission recognized that the ‘current’ harvest strategy was not meeting the Commission’s fisheries management objectives. Subsequently, the harvest strategy was revoked, in recognition of the development process currently underway for a modern harvest strategy for Pacific halibut. Please see the Management Strategy Evaluation page for further information.


Fig 1. An SPR-based harvest strategy policy showing the separation of scale and distribution of fishing mortality. Allocation is when policy (not a procedure) influences the final decision. (click to enlarge)