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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 (1/11/2022)

During the period Feb 1-3 the AP is reviewing the catch sharing plan (CSP) and Feb 7-10, the NPFMC is taking up a review of the CSP.

We will need testimony to make that point that there should be no further uncompensated relocation to the charter sector and that the CSP is meeting its goals.. The analysis is due to be published by Jan 14 and written comments are due 5PM Jan 28 via the meeting website.

Oral testimony will be taken at the SSC Jan 31, the AP Feb 1, and the NPFMC Feb 8.

We will have talking points soon.

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Halibut Calendar 2022

Past Post (12/30/19)

Recreational Quota Entity (RQE). The RQE allows charter interests to purchase a limited amount of commercial quota share in area 2A/3A. The final RQE rule was published 9/21/18 and is effective 10/22/18. The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation attached RQE language to S.906 - Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act on 12/05/19 and Placed it on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 316. Once this legislation clears Congress, the Council would still need take regulatory action.

NPFMC Allocation Review. The NPFMC is scheduled to review the allocation between the longline and charter sectors for areas 2C/3A in 2021. Analysis will begin spring/summer 2020.

Annual renewal of charter halibut permits.
The final rule was published Nov 20 and goes into effect Dec 20, 2019. It is anticipated that this will result in the revocation of some non-transferable permits. Halibut rental boats. At the December 2019 meeting the Council decided to take no further action on the analysis and instead decided to ask other organizations could to come up with more information. More

2020 Halibut Charter Management Measures were scheduled for final action at the December Council meeting. 2C was able to provide recommendations but 3A was not due to limited data at low stock levels. The Council will take action on 3A measures at the February meeting and will then forward 2C/3A recommendations to the IPHC.

BSAI Halibut Abundance-based Management. The Council continues work on this issue. More The next Council action is tentatively scheduled for June 1-10 in Juneau.

2011 Charter Operators vs Locke (Halibut Charter Limited Entry)

2009 Charter Lawsuit

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