IPHC News Release 2018-019 2018 Pacific Halibut Landing Report No. 3
2 August 2018
IPHC NEWS RELEASE 2018-019
IPHC REGULATORY AREA 2A NON-TREATY DIRECTED COMMERCIAL PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERY: CLOSED
The International Pacific Halibut Commission reports that the total catch limit for the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial Pacific halibut fishery has been reached following the 25 July 2018 fishing period. Therefore, the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A non-treaty directed commercial Pacific halibut fishery is closed for the remainder of 2018.
2018 PACIFIC HALIBUT LANDING REPORT NO. 3
|IPHC Regulatory Area||Fishery limits (net weight)||Landings (net weight)|
|Pounds (lb)||Tonnes (t)||Pounds (lb)||Tonnes (t)|
|Area 2A (California, Oregon, and Washington)||1,190,000||539,78|
|Non-treaty directed commercial (south of Pt. Chehalis||201,845||91.56||217,825||98.80|
|Non-treaty incidental catch in salmon troll fishery||35,620||16.16||30,456||13.81|
|Non-treaty incidental catch in sablefish fishery (north of Pt. Chehalis)||50,000||22.68||13,675||6.20|
|Treaty Indian commercial||389,500||176.68||408,703||185.38|
|Treaty Indian ceremonial and subsistence (year-round)||27,000||12.25||no data||no data|
|Recreational – Washington||225,366||102.22||222,260||100.82|
|Recreational – Oregon||229,730||104.20||141,819||64.33|
|Recreational – California||30,940||14.03||13,836||6.28|
|Area 2B (British Columbia)||6,223,985||2,823.18|
|Recreational fishery||927,990||420.93||no data||no data|
|Area 2C (southeastern Alaska)||4,450,000||2,018.51|
|Commercial fishery (IFQ)||3,570,000||1,619.32||2,287,069||1,037.40|
|Guided recreational fishery||810,000||367.41||no data||no data|
|Area 3A (central Gulf of Alaska)||9,450,000||4,286.49|
|Guided recreational fishery||1,790,000||811.94||no data||no data|
|Area 3B (western Gulf of Alaska)||2,620,000||1,188.41||1,052,189||477.26|
|Area 4A (eastern Aleutians)||1,370,000||621.42||440,679||199.89|
|Area 4B (central/western Aleutians)||1,050,000||476.24||588,300||266.85|
|Area 4C (Pribilof Islands)||733,500||332.71||1||1|
|Area 4D (northwestern Bering Sea)||733,500||332.71||1||1|
|Area 4E (Bering Sea flats)||113,000||51.26||1||1|
1Total landings in IPHC Regulatory Area 4CDE are combined to meet confidentiality requirements.
Quota Share Commercial Fisheries Update
The 2018 quota share Pacific halibut fisheries opened on 24 March 2018. It is estimated that the following commercial landings, by weight and number of landings, occurred in the Alaskan Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) and Community Development Quota (CDQ) fisheries and in the British Columbian Individual Vessel Quota (IVQ) fishery through 30 July 2018.
|IPHC Regulatory Area||Catch Limit||Landings||Proportion||Number of Landings|
|‘000s lb||Tonnes||‘000s lb||Tonnes|
|2B (Canada) total||5,296||2,402||3,414||1,549||64.46||347|
Totals may differ from area sums due to rounding
Canada: The landings from IPHC Regulatory Area 2B (British Columbia) waters represent ~64% of the 2018 commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 3.5 Mlb, 1,588 t, or ~57% of the 2017 catch limit, had been landed from IPHC Regulatory Area 2B by this same date in 2017. Also, during the first 128 days of the 2017 IVQ fishery, 3.2 Mlb, 1,451 t, or 51% of the catch limit, had been landed.
United States of America: The landings from IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C, 3, and 4 (Alaska) represent ~54% of the 2018 quota share commercial fishery catch limit. For comparison, 11.0 Mlb, 4,990 t, or ~57% of the 2017 catch limit, were landed in the Alaskan fishery by this same date in 2017; however, the opening date of the 2017 fishery occurred 13 days earlier in the year than that of the 2018 fishery. For comparison, using a similar fishing period length, during the first 128 days of the 2017 Alaska commercial Pacific halibut fishery, 10.1 Mlb, 4,581 t, or 52% of the catch limit, were landed.
IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Commercial Treaty Indian Fisheries
In 2018, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) allocated 389,500 lbs, 177 t of Pacific halibut for commercial use to the Treaty Indian tribes of IPHC Regulatory Area 2A. A total of 408,703 lbs, 185 t, of Pacific halibut have been reported landed.
IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Incidental Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery during the Salmon Troll Season
The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the IPHC Regulatory Area 2A salmon troll fishery is 35,620 lbs, 16.16 t. Incidental catch of Pacific halibut in the salmon troll fishery was allowed beginning 01 April 2018. It is estimated 30,456 lbs, 13.81 t of Pacific halibut have been landed through 24 July 2018. Landing limits effective 26 July 2018 are as follows: one Pacific halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 10 Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. For details on incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1 800-662-9825 press 7 for Pacific halibut information).
IPHC Regulatory Area 2A Incidental Commercial Pacific Halibut Fishery During the Limited Entry, Fixed-Gear Sablefish Fishery
The total allowable incidental commercial catch of Pacific halibut allocated to the limited entry, fixed-gear sablefish fishery, which operates in IPHC Regulatory Area 2A north of Point Chehalis, Washington, is 50,000 lbs, 22.7 t. Incidental catch of Pacific halibut in the sablefish fishery was permitted beginning 01 April 2018. Preliminary landing estimates indicate that 13,675 lbs, 6.2 t of Pacific halibut have been landed through 05 June 2018. For further incidental fishery retention information, call the NMFS hotline (1-800-662-9825 press 7 for Pacific halibut information).
Annette Islands Reserve Fishery in IPHC Regulatory Area 2C
The Metlakatla Indian Community has been authorized by the Government of the United States of America to conduct a commercial Pacific halibut fishery within the Annette Islands Reserve. The following table lists Pacific halibut catch and numbers of participating vessels by fishing period.
|Fishing Period Dates||Pounds||Tonnes||Number of Vessels|
|23 - 25 March||1,877||0.85||5|
|06 - 08 April||748||0.34||4|
|20 - 22 April||1,645||0.75||6|
|04 - 06 May||2,552||1.16||8|
|25 - 27 May||1,087||0.49||6|
|08 - 10 June||1,519||0.69||5|
|22 - 24 June||1,588||0.72||5|
|06 - 08 July||1,535||0.70||4|
|20 - 22 July||1,999||0.91||4|
The total landed weight of Pacific halibut reported to date is 14,550 lbs, 6.6 t. The Metlakatla Indian Community and the Bureau of Indian Affairs will announce future Pacific halibut openings.
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David T. Wilson, Ph.D.
Executive Director, IPHC
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