Economic Research

Economic Research

Under the Convention, the IPHC’s mandate is “optimum” management of the Pacific halibut resource, which necessarily includes an economic dimension. Fisheries economics is an active field of research around the world in support of fisheries policy and management. The IPHC has recently added economic expertise to the Secretariat, becoming the first international regional fishery management organization (RFMO) in the world to do so.
Our initial economic research priority is to describe and document the economic impact of the Pacific halibut resource in Canada and the United States of America. This study, described below, requires the active participation of our stakeholders in developing the necessary data for analysis.

Study of the Contribution of Pacific Halibut to the Economy of Canada and the United States of America

The intention of this study is a broad analysis of economic impact of the Pacific halibut resource, from the hook to the plate. On the commercial side, the study will account for direct impacts of supplied fish, value added along the supply chain, including through post-harvest processing, wholesale, and retail, as well as economic activity generated by expenditures of commercial vessels and processing plants. On the recreational side, the intention is to capture the economic contribution of charter operators, but also sectors supporting tourism relying on Pacific halibut fishing, either in the form of guided or unguided fishing (e.g. lodging, local retailers, restaurants). Moreover, the study will also account for so-called induced effects, which is the economic impact generated by households spending their incomes generated from the Pacific halibut resource.

The study will consider a variety of economic metrics, from total economic impact including value added along the supply chain to impact on employment and incomes, as well as contribution to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The results will be also used to develop information on the community impacts of Pacific halibut throughout its range, including all user groups. Thorough consideration will be given to impacts on subsistence fishers, as well as other traditional users of the resource. This project is an answer to a broader call to include the human dimension in research on the impact of management decisions, as well as changes in environmental or stock conditions.

In order to accurately capture the economic impacts described, we have designed a series of surveys to gather information from the sectors relying on the Pacific halibut resource. We strongly encourage all relevant stakeholders to contribute to our study and participate in the survey. Each survey begins with an introduction page explaining the purpose of the particular data collection and instructions on how to fill in and submit the survey. We kindly ask you to read this section carefully. Please note that the shared surveys are subject to revisions and any input on how we could improve these for easier use in the future would be much appreciated. All comments, as well as completed forms, can be delivered directly to Barbara Hutniczak, Fisheries Economist, Fisheries Policy & Economics Branch, International Pacific Halibut Commission, at; Questions and comments can be also directed via phone: 206-634-1838.

Commercial Sector

The figure below summarizes the effects considered when analyzing commercial harvesters as users of the Pacific halibut resource.

The surveys linked below are designed to gather information that characterizes the economic contribution of commercial Pacific halibut fisheries in Canada and the USA. The intention of the survey is to gather information allowing us to demonstrate the importance of Pacific halibut to the economy of the region where the activity occurs, as well as spillover effects to other areas.

Commercial Vessel Expenditures Surveys

For the 2019 Fishing Year 
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Vessels operating in British Columbia / IPHC region 2B    pdf.gif
Vessels operating on the US West Coast (WA, OR, CA)  / IPHC region 2A   pdf.gif

Processors Expenditures Surveys

For the 2019 Operation Year 
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Canada   pdf.gif

Recreational Sector

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