Cooperation with Other Organisations

Cooperation with Other Organisations

Since its inception, the International Pacific Halibut Commission has entered into a number of arrangements with other institutions, almost invariably of a technical nature, either to conduct activities in cooperation or to facilitate exchange of information that would enhance the output of both organisations.

The arrangements take the form of either a formalised Memorandum of Understanding, or informal arrangements to share information. The following provides details of those arrangements and links to relevant webpages.

Memorandum of Understanding

Memorandum of Understanding - Current

International organisations


North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 

Memorandum of Understanding between the North Pacific Marine Science Organization and the International Pacific Halibut Commission


The IPHC has an agreement with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Marrowstone Marine Field Station for the collection and processing of Pacific halibut tissue samples and the use of the associated data for studying Ichthyophonus spp.

IPHC-2018-USGS-IPHC-MOU  May 2012

In recent years the IPHC has entered into cooperative agreements with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) and the Pacific Halibut Management Association of British Columbia (PHMA) to station a third sea sampler aboard IPHC fishery-independent setline survey vessels in British Columbia waters to collect additional data and biological samples.

IPHC-2018 DFO-PHMA-IPHC  May 2018

Use of IPHC fishery-Use of IPHC fishery-independent setline survey data

In 2017, the IPHC signed an agreement with Alaska Pacific University (APU) on the use of IPHC fishery-independent setline survey data in support of a project investigating the geospatial distribution of Pacific halibut growth performance in the Gulf of Alaska.

IPHC-APU MOU

IPHC-UVic MOU

Sharing of data between IPHC and Contracting Party agencies

The IPHC has developed a number of agreements with agencies of Canada and the USA for the use of IPHC and agency data.

IPHC-2018-CFEC-IPHC-MOU  Sept 2013

IPHC-2018-ADFG-IPHC-MOU

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The Interagency Electronic Reporting System (IERS)

The IPHC has a Memorandum of Agreement with the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) and NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region for the development and maintenance of IERS, also referred to as the “eLandings” system.

IPHC-2018-IERS-IPHC-MOU  July 2012

Inspection of vessels chartered for the IPHC fishery-independent setline survey

IPHC-2018-USCG-IPHC-MOU  May 1977