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IPHC Media Release 2020-014 IPHC Media Release 2020-014 Non-Tribal Directed Commercial Fishery in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A: Fishing Period Limits for First (22 to 24 June 2020) Fishing Period

1 June 2020 (corrigendum to 29 May 2020 version)

SEATTLE - The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has re-established the fishing period limits for all licensed vessels for the first (22 to 24 June 2020) fishing period for the non-tribal directed commercial fishery (the fishery) in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A. The overall annual allocation for this fishery for 2020 is 115.41 metric tons (254,426 pounds).

The first fishing period will begin at 0800 on 22 June and end at 1800 on 24 June local time. The fishery is restricted to waters south of Point Chehalis, Washington (46°53.30’ N. latitude). A total of 207 fishery licenses have been issued for 2020 with the application deadline date having passed on 30 April 2020. The following fishing period limits will be in effect for this fishing period by vessel class:

Overall Length (in feet)

Vessel Class

Number of licenses issued

Fishing period landing limit

Dressed, head-on with ice/slime (tonnes)

Dressed, head-on with ice/slime (pounds)

1-25

A

16

0.41

905

26-30

B

11

0.41

905

31-35

C

18

0.41

905

36-40

D

36

0.62

1,364

41-45

E

29

0.62

1,364

46-50

F

31

0.82

1,818

51-55

G

10

0.82

1,818

56+

H

25

0.93

2,045

The fishing period limit applies to the vessel, not the individual fisher, and any landings over the vessel limit will be subject to forfeiture and fine.

The fishing period limit above is a dressed, head-on weight, and stakeholders are reminded that regulations require that all Pacific halibut be landed with the head naturally attached. Additionally, stakeholders are reminded that there is a 72-hour rule, whereby a vessel that will be used in this fishery may not be used to fish for any species of fish anywhere in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A during the 72-hour period immediately prior to this fishing period unless all retained catch of other species has been completely offloaded or the vessel has submitted to a hold inspection by an authorized officer prior to the start of the fishing period (see Pacific Halibut Fishery Regulations 2020, sections 18(7) and 18(8)).

NOAA Fisheries has implemented mandatory area closures that are in effect for the directed Pacific halibut fishery to protect specific rockfish species. For the exact coordinates of the closed areas, please refer to their webpage:

http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/management/groundfish_closures/groundfish_closed_areas.html. For further information, call the NOAA Fisheries hotline at 1 800-662-9825, then press "7" for the Pacific halibut fisheries.

Following this 2020 fishing period (22 to 24 June), the IPHC may establish and announce fishing period limits for subsequent fishing periods in 2020, dependent upon allocation remaining for the fishery.

IPHC Secretariat
International Pacific Halibut Commission
2320 W. Commodore Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98199-1287
206-634-1838 | www.iphc.int
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