Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2016 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 19. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, in pounds and numbers, were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through July 19, 2016 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through July 18, 2016.
The catch off Alaska represents 58% of the 2016 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 10.2 million pounds, or 57% of the 2015 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery by this same date in 2015; however, the opening date of the 2015 fishery occurred five days earlier in the year than that of the 2016 fishery. Thus, during the first 122 days of the 2015 Alaskan commercial halibut fishery, 10.0 million pounds, or 56% of the catch limit, were landed.
The catch from British Columbian (Area 2B) waters represents 51% of the 2016 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 3.7 million pounds, or 63% of the 2015 catch limit, had been landed from Area 2B by this same date in 2015. Also, during the first 121 days of the 2015 IVQ fishery, 3.4 million pounds, or 58% of the catch limit, had been landed.
Area 2A Non-Treaty Directed Commercial Fishery
The third opening of the 2016 Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial fishery occurred on July 20. Prior to the opening, approximately 20,000 pounds remained in the catch limit. Landing information is still being gathered and results will be published in a future news release.
Area 2A Incidental Commercial Halibut Fishery During the Salmon Troll Season
The total allowable incidental commercial catch of halibut allocated to the Area 2A salmon troll fishery is 34,123 pounds. Incidental catch of halibut in the salmon troll fishery was allowed beginning April 1. Preliminary landing estimates indicate that approximately 20,400 pounds of halibut have been landed through June 21 in Washington and Oregon. There are roughly 13,700 pounds remaining to be harvested. For further incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1 800-662-9825 press 7 for halibut information).
Area 2A Incidental Commercial Halibut Fishery During the Limited Entry, Fixed-Gear Sablefish Fishery
The total allowable incidental commercial catch of halibut allocated to the limited entry, fixed-gear sablefish fishery, which operates in Area 2A north of Point Chehalis, Washington, is 49,686 pounds. Incidental catch of halibut in the sablefish fishery was allowed beginning April 1. It is estimated that 11,400 pounds of halibut have been landed, leaving just under 38,300 pounds remaining to be harvested. For further incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825 press 7 for halibut information).
Annette Islands Reserve Fishery in Area 2C
The Metlakatla Indian Community has been authorized by the United States Government to conduct a commercial halibut fishery within the Annette Islands Reserve. The following table lists halibut catch and numbers of participating vessels by fishing period.
|Fishing Period Dates||Catch (net pounds)||Number of Vessels|
|April 15 - 17||3,310||12|
|April 29 - May 1||3,752||12|
|May 13 - 15||6,403||20|
|May 27 - 29||4,454||14|
|June 10 - 12||5,380||13|
|June 24 - 26||5,885||9|
|July 8 - 10||10,726||17|
The total landed weight of halibut reported to date is 39,910 pounds. The Metlakatla Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will announce future halibut openings.
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Bruce M. Leaman
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