Directed - IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C, 3, 4
Alaska—Directed Commercial Fisheries
Open: 6 March 2021 at 1200h local time
Closed: 7 December 2021 at 1200h local time
IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C, 3, and 4 are located in Alaskan waters. The IPHC sets the overall total allowable catch and season (called the “fishing period” in IPHC regulations). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service then allocate Pacific halibut among user groups, some through Catch Sharing Plans.
Alaska’s directed Pacific halibut fishery operates under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) system, where each permit holder is allocated a percentage of the specific regulatory area’s catch limit to harvest at any time over an extended fishing season, historically March to November. The landed catch in 2019, weighing in at 7,926 tonnes (17,472,795 pounds), accounted for the majority of the total directed commercial landings (72%). Regulatory Area 3A again had the highest catch limit and landed catch level in 2019, with 37% of the Alaskan commercial catch landed in the ports of Homer, Kodiak, and Seward. Homer received the largest portion of the Alaskan commercial catch, with 1,142 tonnes (2,517,000 pounds) (14%). Kodiak received 927 tonnes (2,043,000 pounds) (12%) of catch, and 895 tonnes (1,974,000 pounds) (11%) were landed in Seward. In Southeast Alaska (Regulatory Area 2C), Sitka, Juneau, and Petersburg, in that order, received the three largest commercial landed pounds. In 2019, the IFQ landings were highest in May, with 16 percent of poundage from Alaska landed in that month. The links below provide specific data and details for the IFQ fishery in Alaska.
Commercial fisheries data organized by IPHC Regulatory Area, year, and sector is available here.
Average ex-vessel prices - RAM site
NMFS Fishery Market News – “unbiased reports depicting current conditions affecting the trade in fish and fishery products”
Seabird regulations in Alaska - NMFS site