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 (1/28/13):
1. On January 25, 2013 the IPHC set the 2013 quota. Overall, it was a 7% reduction orm 2012. Check out the details here
2. On October 5, the Council took final action on the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). By a vote of 10-1 (Sam Cotton opposed) they adopted Alternative 3 for Area 2C and Alternative 4 for Area 3A.
An overview of the alternative allocation percentages is at: http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/halibut/CSPalternativesAug12.pdf
The Council final action motion is at: http://fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/PDFdocuments/halibut/CSPMotion1012.pdf
Compared to the CSP previously adopted by the Council in 2008:
2C lost 0.8% to 1.0% of the combined catch limit (CCL), depending on abundance levels, to charter.
3A lost 3.5% of the combined catch limit to charter at CCL below 20,000,000 pounds.
Compared to the existing 2003 Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) scheme we gained a little at current abundance levels in both areas.
Next steps are for the Council to update their analysis and forward to NMFS Juneau. NMFS Juneau will prepare the analysis for Secretarial review in conjunction with the proposed rulemaking. Due to the Administrative Procedures Act, 2014 is the earliest implementation date for the CSP. Once the CSP is implemented both commercial and charter will be tied to the same abundance index and both sectors will be accountable for their own wastage.
November 28-29, 2012 Interim Meeting in Seattle (Portions will be webcast)
January 22-25, 2013 Annual Meeting in Victoria (Portions will be webcast)
2011 Charter Operators vs Locke (Halibut Charter Limited Entry)
2009 Charter Lawsuit
The Halibut Coalition Speaks Out
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