Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2012 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 17. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through October 14, 2012 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through October 13, 2012.
The catch off Alaska represents 91% of the 2012 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 29.9 million pounds, or 92% of the 2011 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery by this same date in 2011; however, the opening date of the 2011 fishery occurred five days earlier in the year than that of the 2012 fishery. Thus, during the first 211 days of the 2011 Alaskan commercial halibut fishery, 29.5 million pounds, or 91% of the catch limit, were landed.
The catch from British Columbian waters represents 90% of the 2012 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 5.4 million pounds, or 80% of the 2011 catch limit, had been landed from Area 2B by this same date in 2011. During the first 210 days of the 2011 IVQ fishery, 5.2 million pounds, or 79% of the catch limit, had been landed.
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 21,173 pounds. Incidental catch of halibut in the sablefish fishery was allowed beginning May 1. It is estimated that 4,304 pounds of halibut, or 20% of the catch limit, have been landed through September 17. Please note, the 4,514 pounds reported in Landing Report No. 7 was the dressed, head-on weight, not the net weight (3,972 pounds). This fishery remains open until further notice.
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Bruce M. Leaman
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