Structure of the Commission

IPHC Structure

The Commission, including its Subsidiary Bodies, are supported by an Executive Director and Secretariat staff.

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Contracting Parties

The IPHC currently consists of six members, three appointed by each Contracting Party (the Governor General of Canada and the President of the United States of America), who serve their terms at the pleasure of the Contracting Party. In recent years, one Commissioner from each Contracting Party has been an employee of the federal fisheries agency, one a fisher, and one either a buyer or a processor involved in the fishery.

Subsidiary bodies

Pursuant to Rule 14.1, of the IPHC Rules of Procedure (2017) the Commission has established the Boards and Committee listed below.

Links to reports and documents from subsidiary body meetings can be found by visiting our Meeting Index or our Document Library.  

Management Strategy Advisory Board (MSAB)

The MSAB is a panel formed of harvesters, fisheries managers, processors, Staff, Commissioners, science advisors, and academics created in 2013 to oversee and advise the Staff on the IPHC's Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE). MSE is an ongoing process to define fishery objectives, articulate and examine management procedures, and define performance measures in order to recommend fishery management measures for Commission consideration.

MSAB Officers

Adam KeizerAdam Keizer
Co-Chairperson
Canada
Dr. Carey McGilliardDr. Carey McGilliard
Co-Chairperson
U.S.A.

MSAB Members

Robert HauknesRobert Hauknes
Commercial
Canada
Chris SporerChris Sporer
Commercial
Canada
Dan FalveyDan Falvey
Commercial
U.S.A.
Bruce GabrysBruce Gabrys
Commercial
U.S.A.
Jeff KauffmanJeff Kauffman
Commercial
U.S.A.
Per OdegaardPer Odegaard
Commercial
U.S.A.
Jim LaneJim Lane
First Nations
Canada
Scott MazzoneScott Mazzone
Treaty Tribes
U.S.A.
Matt DamianoMatt Damiano
Treaty Tribes
U.S.A.
Adam KeizerAdam Keizer
DFO-MPO Manager
Canada
Glenn MerrillGlenn Merrill
NMFS-NOAA Manager
U.S.A.
Ann-Marie HuangAnn-Marie Huang
Science Advisor
Canada
Carey McGilliardCarey McGilliard
Science Advisor
U.S.A.
Michele CulverMichele Culver
PFMC
U.S.A.
Craig CrossCraig Cross
NPFMC
U.S.A.
James HasbrouckJames Hasbrouck
ADF&G Sport
U.S.A.
Brad MirauBrad Mirau
Processing
Canada
Joe MorelliJoe Morelli
Processing
U.S.A.
Peggy ParkerPeggy Parker
Processing
U.S.A.
Martin PaishMartin Paish
Recreational
Canada
Tom MarkingTom Marking
Recreational
U.S.A.

Scientific Review Board (SRB)

The SRB, a small group of fisheries science experts, was also formed in 2013. The SRB provides an independent scientific review of Commission science products and programs, and supports and strengthens the stock assessment process.

SRB Members

Dr. Sean CoxDr. Sean Cox
Simon Fraser Univ.
Canada
 
Photo courtesy of SFU
Dr. James IanelliDr. James Ianelli
NMFS-NOAA
U.S.A.
 
 
Dr. Marc MangelDr. Marc Mangel
UC-Santa Cruz
U.S.A.
 
 
Dr. Kim ScribnerDr. Kim Scribner
Michigan State Univ.
U.S.A.
 
Photo courtesy of MSU

Research Advisory Board (RAB)

The RAB, which formed in 1999, consists of both fishers and processors who offer suggestions to the Executive Director and staff on where Commission research should focus. RAB generally meets in February, after the IPHC Annual Meeting, and its input is factored into the IPHC research planning process.

RAB Officers

Dr. David T. WilsonDr. David T. Wilson
Chairperson
IPHC Executive Director
Dr. Josep PlanasDr. Josep Planas
Vice-Chairperson
IPHC Secretariat

RAB Members

David BoyesDavid Boyes
Commercial
Canada
Art DavidsonArt Davidson
Commercial
Canada
Brad MirauBrad Mirau
Processing
Canada
Richie ShawRichie Shaw
Commercial
Canada
Steve DanielsSteve Daniels
Commercial
U.S.A.
Lando EchevarioLando Echevario
Commercial
U.S.A.
Bruce GabrysBruce Gabrys
Commercial
U.S.A.
James HubbardJames Hubbard
Commercial
U.S.A.
Scott MazzoneScott Mazzone
Treaty Tribes
U.S.A.
Charles McEldowneyCharles McEldowney
Processing
U.S.A.
Al PazarAl Pazar
FISS Fisher
U.S.A.
Stephen RhoadsStephen Rhoads
Commercial
U.S.A.
Lu DochtermannLu Dochtermann
Commercial
U.S.A.
Jay HebertJay Hebert
Commercial
U.S.A.

Conference Board (CB)

The CB is a panel representing Canadian and American commercial and sport halibut fishers. Created in 1931 by the Commission, the Board gives the IPHC the fishers' perspective on Commission proposals presented at Annual Meetings in January. Members are designated by union and vessel owner organizations from both nations.

CB Officers

Martin PaishMartin Paish
Co-Chairperson
Canada
Jeff KauffmanJeff Kauffman
Co-Chairperson
U.S.A.

CB Members

Christa RuselChrista Rusel
A`Tlegay Fisheries Society
Canada
Terry HenshawTerry Henshaw
Annieville Halibut Association
Canada
Bud SchulerBud Schuler
Area F Troll Association
Canada
Bruce TurrisBruce Turris
BC Commercial Integrated Groundfish Society
Canada
Wilf PhillipsWilf Phillips
BC Halibut Longline Fisherman’s Assoc.
Canada
Colleen van der HeideColleen van der Heide
BC Longline Fisherman’s Association
Canada
Peter DeGreefPeter DeGreef
BC Tuna Fisherman's Association
Canada
Ted BrookmanTed Brookman
BC Wildlife Federation
Canada
Gary WilliamsonGary Williamson
Canadian Sablefish Association
Canada
Art DavidsonArt Davidson
FAS Seafoods
Canada
Angus GroutAngus Grout
Gulf Trollers Association
Canada
Robert BennettRobert Bennett
Council of Haida Nation
Canada
David BoyesDavid Boyes
Halibut Advisory Board
Canada
Ken WingKen Wing
Hook and Line Groundfish Association
Canada
Carl Edgar Jr. (?)Carl Edgar Jr. (?)
IMAWG
Canada
Tim CourtierTim Courtier
Northern Halibut Producer’s Assoc.
Canada
Esther SampleEsther Sample
Northern Trollers Association
Canada
Robert StanleyRobert Stanley
North Pac Halibut Fisherman’s Assn
Canada
Quincy SampleQuincy Sample
Pacific Coast Fishing Vessel Owners Guild
Canada
Tiare BoyesTiare Boyes
Pacific Trollers Association
Canada
Chris SporerChris Sporer
PHMA
Canada
Gerry KristiansonGerry Kristianson
Sport Fishing Advisory Board – Main
Canada
Chuck AshcroftChuck Ashcroft
Sport Fishing Advisory Board - South
Canada
Doug DaugertDoug Daugert
Sport Fishing Advisory Board - North
Canada
Herb van GrootelHerb van Grootel
Steveston Halibut Assoc.
Canada
Owen BirdOwen Bird
Sport Fishing Institute of BC
Canada
Kevin BegleyKevin Begley
Sydney Anglers Association
Canada
Gordon MartinGordon Martin
South Vancouver Island Anglers Coalition Society
Canada
Russell CameronRussell Cameron
UFAWU
Canada
Lyle PierceLyle Pierce
Vancouver Island Longline Assoc.
Canada
Bill ShawBill Shaw
West Coast Fishing Guides Association
Canada
 
Adak Commercial Development Corporation
U.S.A.
 
Alaska Charter Association
U.S.A.
 
Alaska Troller's Association
U.S.A.
 
Alaska Longline Fisherman’s Association
U.S.A.
 
Alaska Whitefish Trawlers Association
U.S.A.
 
Aleut Corporation
U.S.A.
 
Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association
U.S.A.
 
Area 4 Harvesters Alliance
U.S.A.
 
Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association
U.S.A.
 
Coastal Conservation Association
U.S.A.
 
Coastside Representative
U.S.A.
 
Deep Sea Fishermen’s Union of the Pacific
U.S.A.
 
Edmonds Veteran Indev Longliners
U.S.A.
 
Fishing Vessel Owners Assoc. (FVOA)
U.S.A.
 
Freezer Longliner Coalition
U.S.A.
 
Halibut Coalition
U.S.A.
 
Homer Charter Association
U.S.A.
 
Jamestown S’Kallum Tribe
U.S.A.
 
Juneau Charter Boat Association
U.S.A.
 
Humboldt Area Saltwater Anglers
U.S.A.
 
Kodiak Vessel Owners Association
U.S.A.
 
Kruzof Fisheries
U.S.A.
 
K Bay Fishermen Association
U.S.A.
 
Lower Elwa
U.S.A.
 
Lummi Indian Nation
U.S.A.
 
Makah Tribe
U.S.A.
 
North Pacific Fisheries Association
U.S.A.
 
Oregon Coast Charter Association
U.S.A.
 
Petersburg Vessel Owners Association
U.S.A.
 
Point No Point Treaty Council
U.S.A.
 
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
U.S.A.
 
Puget Sound Anglers
U.S.A.
 
Quileute Tribe
U.S.A.
 
Quinault Indian Nation
U.S.A.
 
Recreational Fishing Alliance-Oregon Chapter
U.S.A.
 
Seafood Producers Coop
U.S.A.
 
SE Alaska Fishermen’s Alliance
U.S.A.
 
Sitka Halibut & Blackcod Marketing Assoc.
U.S.A.
 
Skokomish Indian Tribe
U.S.A.
 
St. Paul Fishermen’s Association
U.S.A.
 
Tribal Government of St. Paul
U.S.A.
 
Swinomish Tribal Communities
U.S.A.
 
Tulalip Tribes
U.S.A.
 
United Cook Inlet Drift Association
U.S.A.
 
Westport Charter Association
U.S.A.
 
West Brothers Group
U.S.A.
 
Yukon Delta Fisheries Association
U.S.A.

Processor Advisory Board (PAB)

The PAB, as the name suggests, represents halibut processors. Like the Conference Board, PAB lends its opinion regarding Commission proposals and offers recommendations at IPHC Annual Meetings. The group was formed in 1996.

PAB Officers

John WoodruffJohn Woodruff
Chairperson
U.S.A.
Robert FraumeniRobert Fraumeni
Vice-Chairperson
Canada
Peggy ParkerPeggy Parker
HANA Executive Director
 

PAB Members

Nick HerasNick Heras
7 Seas Fish
Canada
Brad McLeanBrad McLean
French Creek Seafood
Canada
Bruce HaleBruce Hale
FAS Seafoods
Canada
Brad MirauBrad Mirau
Aero Trading Company
Canada
Carl NordmannCarl Nordmann
SM Products (BC) Ltd
Canada
Phil YoungPhil Young
Canadian Fishing Co.
Canada
Robert FraumeniRobert Fraumeni
FAS Seafoods
Canada
Blake TiptonBlake Tipton
SM Products (BC) Ltd
Canada
John WoodruffJohn Woodruff
Icicle Seafoods
U.S.A.
Joe MorelliJoe Morelli
SPC
U.S.A.
Heather McCartyHeather McCarty
170 West
U.S.A.
Steve MinorSteve Minor
Golden Harvest
U.S.A.
Jeff KeltonJeff Kelton
Peter Pan Seafoods
U.S.A.
Shane HalversonShane Halverson
North Pacific
U.S.A.
Tyler GoodnightTyler Goodnight
Northport Fisheries
U.S.A.
Mike OkoniewskiMike Okoniewski
Pacific Seafood
U.S.A.
David BrindleDavid Brindle
Pacific Seafood
U.S.A.
Keith GoodnightKeith Goodnight
Northport Fisheries
U.S.A.
Scott MazzoneScott Mazzone
Quinault Indian Nation
U.S.A.
Alan HeatherAlan Heather
Quinault Tribal Enterprise
U.S.A.
Will RogersWill Rogers
Icicle Seafoods
U.S.A.
Charles McEldowneyCharles McEldowney
Icicle Seafoods
U.S.A.
Jessica KeplingerJessica Keplinger
Icicle Seafoods
U.S.A.
Dana BeseckerDana Besecker
Dana F. Besecker Co. Inc.
U.S.A.
Miles SmithMiles Smith
Dana F. Besecker Co. Inc.
U.S.A.
Susan AdairSusan Adair
Dana F. Besecker Co. Inc.
U.S.A.
Duff HoytDuff Hoyt
Icicle Seafoods
U.S.A.
Jeff BergerJeff Berger
E&E Foods
U.S.A.
Jose RoquesJose Roques
Bellingham Cold Storage
U.S.A.
John SevierJohn Sevier
International Seafoods
U.S.A.

Finance and Administration Committee (FAC)

The Finance and Administration Committee (FAC) is comprised of Commissioners appointed to the task. Its duties are to advise the Commission on such matters of an administrative and financial character as are remitted to it by the Commission, including annually examining the operating budget for the current year and the draft budgets for the ensuing and following years. In addition, the FAC may draw to the attention of the Commission any matter of an administrative or financial character.

Agencies

To be developed.

Observers and the general public

The Commission and its subsidiary bodies are generally open to Observers and the general public unless the Commission specifically decides otherwise.

The Commission may, upon their request, invite the following Observers in their official capacity:

  1. Any State or any other entity that has jurisdiction over waters adjacent to the Convention Area;
  2. Other States with an interest in the work of the Commission that are not Contracting Parties of the Commission, invited by the Commission;
  3. Other regional fisheries management organisations and other relevant governmental or intergovernmental organisations, invited by the Commission;
  4. Non-governmental organisations having special competence in the field of activity of the Commission, to attend such of its meetings as the Commission may specify.

Any Observer to a meeting of the Commission, or of the general public, may submit memoranda as either Regulatory Proposals, Position Statements or Information Papers, no later than 30 days prior to the commencement of the session.

Observers and the general public may participate in the deliberations of the Commission and its subsidiary bodies during the Observer and public testimony periods, but shall not be entitled to participate in the taking of decisions.

The Commission may enter into agreements or arrangements with other inter-governmental organisations and institutions, especially those active in the fisheries sector, which might contribute to the work and further the objectives of the Commission. Such agreements or arrangements may provide that these organisations or institutions may be represented as Observers in the Sessions of the Commission.