INTERNATIONAL PACIFIC HALIBUT COMMISSION (IPHC) 92nd INTERIM MEETING (IM092) AND DRAFT HARVEST DECISION TABLE

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) conducted the 92nd Session of its Interim Meeting at the Grand Hyatt Seattle in Seattle, Washington on 29 and 30 November 2016. The IM092 documents, presentations and recordings of the webcasts are posted on the Commission’s website at http://iphc.int/meetings-and-events/interim-meeting.html.

2016 PACIFIC HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 8

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2016 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 19 March 2016. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) fisheries and in the British Columbian Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) fishery during the 2016 commercial season, which closed on 7 November 2016.

COMMISSION STAFF RECOMMENDS HEAD-ON LANDED WEIGHT REQUIREMENT FOR COMMERCIAL FISHERY

In 2013, the International Pacific Halibut Commission staff began a study to evaluate the relationships used to convert Pacific halibut length to weight, dressed weight to head-off weight, and the adjustment made for washed vs. unwashed weight. Collection of these data were integrated into all commercial catch sampling in 2015, as well as included in select survey operations during 2016. Pacific halibut head weight removed during processing, as a percentage of the dressed body weight, has historically been assumed to be 10%; however, results from this study indicate that the average current head weight removed is around 12%, with a range from 9-18% among different ports and regulatory areas (see report link below). The range comes from variations in where the head is cut off, and, to a lesser degree, in the proportion of the head to the body for smaller versus larger Pacific halibut.

2016 PACIFIC HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 7

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2016 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 19 March 2016. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) fisheries through 23 October 2016 and in the British Columbian Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) fishery through 21 October 2016.

2016 HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 6

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2016 quota share halibut fisheries opened on 19 March 2016. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through 22 September 2016 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through 20 September 2016.

CALIFORNIA SPORT FISHERY CLOSING

The preliminary catch for California’s Pacific halibut sport fishery through 18 September was estimated to be 27,846 pounds. After taking into consideration recent catch trends and weather forecasts, fishery managers project that the remaining 1,794 pounds will be taken during the period of 22-23 September. As a result, the 2016 Pacific halibut sport fishery in California will be closed for the remainder of the season effective 24 September.