News Releases 2014

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) conducted its Interim Meeting at the Hotel Deca in Seattle on December 2 and 3, 2014. 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.

 

The 2014 Stock Assessment

A thorough exploration of data sources for the entire historical record was completed during 2013. Notable changes to the input data used for the 2014 stock assessment include the data sets aggregated to geographical regions and a full re-processing of the historical setline survey catch-per-unit-effort time-series. In addition, recreational discard mortality is now included in estimated removals.

This year's stock assessment is based on the probability distributions derived from an ensemble of four stock assessment models, thereby incorporating the uncertainty within each model as well as the uncertainty among models. This approach results in reduced potential for abrupt changes in management quantities as improvements and additional data are added to individual models, and a stronger basis for risk assessment. For 2014, the ensemble included both short and long time-series models based on both coastwide and Areas-As-Fleets (AAF) data structures. The AAF approach models the population as a coastwide stock, but fits to each of the regional datasets for the fishery and survey, allowing for region-specific selectivity and catchability.

IPHC Communications Survey - We Want to Hear from You!

The IPHC is conducting a survey of its stakeholders to gauge the quality and effectiveness of its current communications and to gather recommendations for improving our communications. It is important for us to hear from as many people as possible, and all members of the halibut community are invited to take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IPHC2014CS. The survey is open now and will remain open through December 31. Results and analysis will be presented at the Annual Meeting.

 

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2014 quota share halibut fisheries opened on March 8 and closed on November 7. 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 2014 season.

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2014 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 October 14, 2014.

CALLS FOR REGULATORY AND CATCH LIMIT PROPOSALS

2014 INTERIM MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

2015 ANNUAL MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT

This IPHC News Release includes:

Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update

The 2014 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 September 14, 2014 and in the British Columbian IVQ fishery through September 11, 2014.

Area 2A Oregon All-Depth Sport Fishery Closing for 2014

During the Aug 15-16 opening, 24,574 pounds were landed in the summer all-depth sport fishery off Oregon. The remaining 4,043 pounds in the summer all-depth quota is insufficient for additional days. Therefore, the central Oregon coast all-depth sport fishery is closed for the remainder of 2014. The remaining quota will be transferred to other Oregon fisheries.