Science & Research
The science and research activities conducted by the IPHC are directed towards fulfilling the following continuing objectives of the Commission: i) improving the annual stock assessment and quota recommendations; ii) developing information on current management issues; and iii) contributing to improve the knowledge of the biology and life history of halibut.
Since the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) began tagging in 1925, over 465,000 tagged Pacific halibut have been released and more than 51,000 of these releases have been recovered. Pacific halibut are tagged to study migration, age, growth, and mortality. A reward is offered for recovered tags released by the IPHC. You can learn more about tagging Pacific halibut on our Migration page under Science and Research. Please follow our process for recovered tags to claim your reward.
Pacific Halibut: Stock Status and Biology
Overview, description, scientific name, reproduction, development, distribution, migration, age, size, growth, and feeding.View Pacific Halibut: Stock Status and Biology
The IPHC conducts an annual stock assessment, using data from the fishery independent setline survey, the commercial Pacific halibut and other fisheries, as well biological information from its research program.View Stock Assessment
Management Strategy Evaluation
Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) is a process to evaluate the consequences of alternative management options, known as harvest strategies.View Management Strategy Evaluation
Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS)
The IPHC Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS) provides catch information and biological data on Pacific halibut that are independent of the fishery.View Fishery-Independent Setline Survey (FISS)
Biological and Ecosystem Science Research
Since its inception, the IPHC has had a long history of research activities devoted to describe and understand the biology of the Pacific halibut.View Biological and Ecosystem Science Research