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IPHC Media Release 2021-001 Management Strategy Evaluation Directions for 2021

11 January 2021

SEATTLE – IPHC provides an indication of the path forward for Management Strategy Evaluation of Pacific halibut

Last week, the IPHC intended on holding a Special Session to look at potential modifications to existing MPs as part of the IPHC Secretariat’s MSE program of work. Unfortunately, due to a range of connectivity issues, the agenda for the intended session has been deferred to the 97th  Session of the IPHC Annual Meeting (AM097). This item will be discussed under agenda item 9.1 IPHC Management Strategy Evaluation: update, which is scheduled to occur on Tuesday morning, 26 January 2021. The Commission would like to convey the following statement regarding its intentions on Management Strategy Evaluation moving forward and the work completed to date:

The Commission would like to express its appreciation for the work completed to date by the IPHC Secretariat in developing a range of Management Procedure options, with input from the MSAB and stakeholders more broadly. This work has included the development of distribution procedures which the Commission is yet to reach a decision on. At this time, the Commission is directing the IPHC Secretariat to pause any further work on evaluating the Management Procedure options. Commissioners intend on reviewing the latest material in detail prior to the 97th Session of the IPHC Annual Meeting (AM097) scheduled to be held later this month (25-29 January 2021). At the AM097, the Commission intends on providing further direction for the IPHC Secretariat to implement over the coming period, which may include a redirection or refocus of its efforts. The Commission recognises and thanks the MSAB for their work over the past years in fulfilling its Terms of Reference, as stipulated in the IPHC Rules of Procedure (2020), and notes that those TORs may need revising given the work completed and any further directives from the Commission that may arise at AM097.

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