News Releases 2008

ATTENTION BAIT SUPPLIERS AND SALMON PROCESSORS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Bait Needed for 2009 IPHC Stock Assessment Survey 
60,000 - 90,000 pounds semi-bright chum salmon 
Closing date: December 1, 2008 
Proposals may be accepted for consideration until quantity required is met.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission is requesting proposals from industry to provide bait for 2009 summer halibut surveys. The IPHC plans to purchase up to 90,000 pounds of bait (in addition to the quantity already secured for 2009) to supply IPHC stock assessment survey operations running from the end of May through August 2009.

In making catch limit recommendations for 2009, staff has considered the results of the analytic assessment, changes in the commercial and survey indices used to monitor the stock, estimated recruitment of incoming year classes, and a harvest policy that reflects coastwide policy goals. The staff also drew on the outcome of both the September 2008 Biomass Apportionment Workshop and recent regional meetings with industry. Detailed results of these additional investigations will be reported in the 2008 Report of Assessment and Research Activities. Ongoing tag returns from the coastwide PIT tagging program continue to demonstrate that regulatory areas cannot be treated as closed management units. Changes in the stock biomass as indicated by our analytic assessment as well as changes in relative abundance indices from our surveys and the commercial fishery were also influential in our recommendations for 2009.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2008 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8. 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 during the 2008 season, which closed on November 15.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2008 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through October 16, 2008 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through October 14, 2008.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2008 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8. 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 September 15, 2008.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to monitor ocean conditions. The IPHC conducts an annual survey of the Pacific halibut stock from Oregon through the northern Bering Sea and western Aleutian Islands. This survey occupies more than 1200 fishing stations every year, using chartered commercial fishing vessels. The $0.5 million grant will allow the Commission to equip all of the survey vessels with water-column profilers to be deployed at each of these stations.