News Releases 2013

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) conducted its Interim Meeting in its Seattle offices on December 4 and 5, 2013. The Interim Meeting IPHC staff presentations and recordings of the webcasts are posted at the Commission's website at http://iphc.int/meetings-and-events/interim-meeting.html.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2013 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 23. Preliminary catch estimates and numbers of landings made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery during the 2013 Pacific halibut season are as follows.

Interim Meeting Webcast Instructions

The International Pacific Halibut Commission's Interim Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4 and Thursday, December 5, 2013. Again this year, all sessions will be webcast (except for the Executive and the Finance and Administration sessions) and the webcast is open to the public. Web audience members will be able to submit questions for the presenters and/or Commissioners during these sessions.

Since 2011, a Halibut Bycatch Project Team, composed of IPHC commissioners and Canadian and U.S. agency staff, has been discussing and reviewing the status of halibut bycatch in the North Pacific. The Team has also had an objective of exploring options for reducing and mitigating halibut bycatch. The Team has just completed the latest draft of its report containing its findings, which is being made available for public comment (http://www.iphc.int/research/245-bycatch.html).

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2013 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 23. It is estimated that the following catches and numbers of landings were made in the Alaskan IFQ and CDQ fisheries through October 16, 2013 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through October 14, 2013.

CALL FOR REGULATORY AND CATCH LIMIT PROPOSALS
2013 INTERIM MEETING AND 2014 ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENTS
EXPANSION OF IPHC'S WEB PRESENCE

This IPHC News Release includes:

  • An invitation to submit regulatory and catch limit proposals for consideration at the 2014 Annual Meeting
  • The announcement of the 2013 Interim Meeting
  • The announcement of the 2014 Annual Meeting, and
  • News about the expanded IPHC presence on the web, including a Facebook page.