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.
Apr 4-11, 2016. NPMFC, Anchorage. SCHEDULE. Initial review of Recreational Quota Entity (RQE)
Oct 3-11, 2016. NPFMC, Anchorage. FINAL ACTION (T) Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) and initial discussion on charter management measures for 2017.
Dec 5-13, 2016. NPFMC, Anchorage. Charter halibut management measures for 2017
Nov 29-30, 2016. IPHC Interim Meeting, Seattle
Jan 23-27, 2017. IPHC Annual Meeting, Victoria
Jan 22-26. 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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