Interim IPHC Meeting. The staff “blue line” 2015 recommendation is here. The Commission will set the final quota at the Annual meeting in Vancouver, BC in Jan 26-30, 2015.
Catch Sharing Plan (CSP). 2014 was the 1st year the CSP was in effect and both 2C and 3A were over their allocation according to preliminary ADFG reports. At the December 2015 meeting, NPFMC recommended 2015 management measures to the IPHC. In area 3A, the halibut charter committee recommended, and the NPFMC adopted new restrictions for 2015 including a 5 fish annual bag limit and a closure on halibut retention on Thursdays from June 15-August 31. In Area 2C, the “reverse” slot limit for one fish was modified to reduce harvest.
CATCH. At the October Council meeting, they passed a motion to have staff prepare an initial analysis of the CATCH 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 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. We have serious concerns about impacts on commercial fishing families and communities. More information is in the following documents:
CATCH proposal by the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization and Alaska Charter Association
D2 CATCH NPFMC Discussion Paper.pdf
D2 Public comments.PDF Public comments on the discussion paper
D2 PVOA Comments on Charter Halibut Common Pool .pdf
FINAL MOTION: CATCH Charter Halibut 1014.pdf
CATCH is scheduled for initial review at the June 2015 NPFMC meeting in Sitka.
Magnuson Stevens Act (MSA) Reauthorization did not pass in the 113th Congress but we need to be ready for the 114th Congress and proposals that would be harmful to our fishery.
Proposed Rule to Change the Definition of "Sport Fishing Guide Services" for Charter Halibut. NMFS published a proposed rule on December 3, 2014 (79 FR 71729), with public comments solicited through January 2, 2015. If implemented, this rule would revise Federal regulations regarding sport fishing guide services for Pacific halibut in IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A. The proposed regulations would remove the requirement that a guided sport (charter) vessel guide be on board the same vessel as a charter vessel angler to provide sport fishing guide services. This proposed rule would clarify that all sport fishing for halibut in which anglers receive assistance from a compensated guide would be managed under charter fishery regulations and all harvest would accrue toward charter allocations. This proposed rule would align Federal regulations with State of Alaska regulations. To view the proposed rule and it's supporting documents, and to submit comments, please visit www.regulations.gov and search for NOAA-NMFS-2014-0097.
Dec 31. Harvest Advice or catch limit proposals for 2015 due to IPHC
Jan 26-30, 2015. IPHC Annual Meeting, Vancouver BC.
Jun 1-9, 2015. NPFMC, Sitka. CATCH proposal analysis scheduled for initial review