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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 (3/11/16):

RQE. At the December 2015 Council meeting, they passed a revised motion on the decision elements for a Recreational Quota Entity; this revision was in response to strong public comment. The RQE entity would be allowed to buy up commercial halibut quota to a limit set by the Council under a “willing buyer, willing seller”. The revised motion reduced the maximum amount of RQE transfer from 40% of the commercial quota to 20% in 2C/3A and included an option to combine the RQE limit and guided angler fish limit into one cap. The Council also asked for a discussion paper on the status of charter halibut permits, including the use on non-transferable permits. Initial review of the RQE analysis is scheduled for the week of April 4-11 at the Council and tentative final action at the October 3-11 meeting. We have grave concerns about the social economic impacts of the loss of commercial quota on fishermen, processors, support sector, and communities.

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, 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.

Halibut Calendar

Oct 26-27, 2016. IPHC Management Strategies Advisory Board

Nov 29-30, 2016. IPHC Interim Meeting, Seattle

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

Event Calendar

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

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