To protect the sustainability of the Pacific halibut resource, ensure fair and equitable allocation of the halibut resource among all sectors, and promote rational management of the halibut fishery.
Current Issues (11/18/16):
RQE. At the April 2016 meeting the Council adopted a "preliminary preferred alternative" (PPR) that would allow the charter sector to purchase commercial quota, willing seller/willing buyer, at 10% for Area 2C and 15% for 3A. The 15% being proposed for 3A is double what is needed to allow charters clients to harvest two fish of any size. We continue to have concerns regarding impacts on processors, harvesters, communities, support businesses, and consumers. The analysis does not fully inform the public on how the purchases would be funded. Other elements of the PPR include annual purchase limits and possible mechanisms to return excess charter controlled quota to the commercial sector.
Additional elements of the PPR are at: MOTION: C9 RQE 6pm_amended_4.12.16.pdf
The updated analysis will not be available until @November 21 and comments for teh Council packet are due by COP November 29. Late comments can be emailed to the Halibut Coalition and the comments will be hand delivered to the Council.
The Advisory Panel is scheduled on Wednesday December 7 and the Council is scheduled to take FINAL ACTION on December 8
Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) Reauthorization. Several bills have been introduced in the 114th Congress. Congressman Young’s H.R.1335 passed the House on June 1, 2016, but the White House has threatened a veto of this particular bill. On the Senate side, we are very concerned about proposals to mandate a 5-year review of commercial-recreational allocation. Other MSA elements of concern include electronic monitoring and bycatch; and transfer of management authority to states. We anticipate that new bill will be introduced when the 115th convenes in January 2017.
Nov 29, 2016. Comments due to the NPFMC on the RQE.
Nov 29-30, 2016. Interim Meeting, Seattle (Webcast)
Dec 5-13, 2016. NPFMC, Anchorage. Final action on charter halibut Recreational Quota Entity which would allow the RQE to purchase 10% of the 2C and 15% of the 3A quota on a willing seller/buyer basis. Charter halibut management measures for 2017
Jan 23-27, 2017. IPHC Annual Meeting, Victoria
Jan 22-26, 2018. IPHC Annual Meeting, Portland
2011 Charter Operators vs Locke (Halibut Charter Limited Entry)
2009 Charter Lawsuit
Dec 4-5, 2013 IPHC Interim Meeting, Seattle
Jan 13-17, 2014 IPHC Annual Meeting, Seattle
Jan 19-23, 2015. IPHC Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC
The Halibut Coalition Speaks Out
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