2017 PACIFIC HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 3:  Quota Share Commerical Fisheries Update  pdf

The 2017 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 11 March 2017.  It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through 27 June 2017 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 25 June 2017.

IPHC Regulatory Area

Catch Limit

(000’s pounds)

Catch

(000’s pounds)

Number of

Landings

2C

3A

3B

4A

4B

 4CDE

4,212

7,739

3,140

1,390

1,140

1,700

2,690

4,381

   1,152

320

405

207 

656

779

153

38

29

      144 

Alaska total

19,321

9,155

1,799 

2B

6,272

2,638

250

Grand Total

25,593

11,793

2,049

The catch off Alaska represents 47% of Alaska’s 2017 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 9.3 million pounds, or 51% of the 2016 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery by this same date in 2016.

The catch from British Columbia (Regulatory Area 2B) waters represents 42% of the 2017 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 2.6 million pounds, or 41% of the 2016 catch limit, had been landed from Regulatory Area 2B by this same date in 2016.

IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Commercial Treaty Indian Fisheries

In 2017, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) allocated 435,900 pounds of Pacific halibut for commercial use to the Treaty Indian tribes of Regulatory Area 2A-1. Preliminary catch estimates indicate that 40,993 pounds of Pacific halibut were landed during a 35-hour restricted fishery opening beginning on 1 May 2017. A total of 305,560 pounds of Pacific halibut have been reported landed thus far in 2017. Mop-up fisheries were scheduled for 19-20 May (Washington coast) and 22-23 May (Puget Sound). Data from the mop-up fishery dates are not yet available.

IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Incidental Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery During the Salmon Troll Season

The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the Regulatory Area 2A salmon troll fishery is 39,810 pounds. Incidental catch of halibut in the salmon troll fishery was allowed beginning 1 April. It is estimated 29,233 pounds of Pacific halibut have been landed through 27 June. Retention of halibut caught incidental to the commercial salmon fishery will continue after June 30, with a change in landing limits. Effective July 1: one Pacific halibut per each four Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 10 Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. For details on incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1‑800-662-9825 press 7 for Pacific halibut information).

IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Incidental Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery During the Limited Entry, Fixed-Gear Sablefish Fishery

The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the limited entry, fixed-gear sablefish fishery, which operates in Regulatory Area 2A north of Point Chehalis, Washington, is 70,000 pounds. Incidental catch of Pacific halibut in the sablefish fishery was allowed beginning 1 April 2017. Preliminary landing estimates indicate that 3,404 pounds of Pacific halibut have been landed through 26 June. For further incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825 press 7 for Pacific halibut information).

Annette Islands Reserve Fishery in IPHC Regulatory Area 2C

The Metlakatla Indian Community has been authorized by the United States Government to conduct a commercial Pacific halibut fishery within the Annette Islands Reserve. The following table lists Pacific halibut catch and numbers of participating vessels by fishing period.

Fishing Period Dates

 Catch (net pounds)

Number of Vessels

14 - 16 April

                   2,994

23

05 - 07 May

                   5,158

12

19 - 21 May

                   7,914

18

02 - 04 June

5,356

10

16 - 18 June

10,136

15

 

The total landed weight of Pacific halibut reported to date is 31,558 pounds. The Metlakatla Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will announce future Pacific halibut openings.

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David T. Wilson, Ph.D.

Executive Director, IPHC

Phone: (206) 634-1838

Fax:     (206) 632-2983

Web:  www.iphc.int