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 (6/8/15):
CATCH/RQE. At the October 2014 Council meeting, they passed a motion to have staff prepare an initial analysis of the CATCH/Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) proposal. CATCH was developed by the Alaska Charter Association and Southeast Alaska Guides. The CATCH program would allow charter operators to buy up commercial quota to put into a common pool MANAAGED BY A Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) for charter operators. We do not support the program as proposed. In addition the Council chose not to consider an IFQ program or a fleet reduction (buyback) of charter permits. RQE funding sources that do not include substantial “skin in the game” are of particular concern. We have serious concerns about impacts on commercial fishing families and communities. CATCH/RQE is scheduled for initial review at the October 2015 NPFMC meeting (T) and final action in December 2015 (T).
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.
Oct 1-2. IPHC Management Strategies Advisory Board, Seattle and Webinar. MSAB VI Agenda Webinar Registration
Oct 5-13, 2015. NPFMC, - POSTPONED
Oct 15. Mandatory fishing vessel safety exams if operating outside 3NM
Oct 31. Regulatory proposals due to IPHC for 2016.
Dec 1-2, 2015. IPHC Interim Meeting, Seattle
Dec 7-15, 2015. NPFMC, Anchorage (2016 charter management measures; (possible CATCH/RQE initial review)
Dec 31, 2015. Harvest Advice or catch limit proposals for 2016 due to IPHC
Jan 25-29, 2016. IPHC Annual Meeting, Juneau, AK
Feb 16. New USCG “survival craft” rules go into effect
Jan 23-27, 2017. IPHC Annual Meeting, Victoria
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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