News Releases 2009

In making catch limit recommendations for 2010, staff has considered the results of the 2009 stock assessment, changes in the commercial and survey indices used to monitor the stock, and a harvest policy that reflects coastwide policy goals. The staff also drew on the outcome of both the April 2009 Biomass Apportionment Workshop and discussions on the IPHC online Discussion Forum developed for the workshop.

Coastwide commercial fishery weight per unit effort (WPUE) decreased by approximately 3% in 2009 from 2008 values, primarily due to declines in the central portion of the stock (Areas 3A, 3B, and 2C). However, commercial WPUE in the more extreme portions of the stock distribution generally improved during 2009, with Areas 2A, 2B, and 4A increasing substantially. The 2009 IPHC stock assessment survey WPUE values similarly increased in Areas 2B, 2C, and Area 4 but decreased in Areas 2A, 3A, and 3B. The coastwide survey index declined by approximately 7% from 2008 to 2009. This year's stock assessment revises last year's estimate of 2009 biomass downwards by about 10% and projects an increase in the 2010 exploitable biomass of about 14% from that revised estimate.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2009 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 21. The following are preliminary estimates of catch and numbers of landings that were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery during the 2009 halibut season.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2009 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 21. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through November 1, 2009.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2009 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 21. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through October 1, 2009 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through September 21, 2009.

ATTENTION BAIT SUPPLIERS AND SALMON PROCESSORS
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Bait Needed for 2010 IPHC Stock Assessment Survey
90,000-120,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon
Closing date: October 31, 2009
Proposals will be evaluated as they are received.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is requesting proposals from industry to provide bait for 2010 summer research. The IPHC plans to purchase up to 120,000 pounds of bait (in addition to the quantity already secured for 2010) to supply IPHC stock assessment fishing operations and other planned experiments from the end of May through August 2010. Interested parties should submit proposals to provide all or a portion of the total amount.

2009 IPHC INTERIM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

The International Pacific Halibut Commission's 2009 Interim Meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington, on December 7 and 8 at the Hotel Deca, Seattle, WA (www.hoteldeca.com). These dates are changed from the preliminary dates announced at the 2009 IPHC Annual Meeting.