“A series of unfortunate conditions” – IPHC
The International Pacific Halibut Commission wrapped up its 100th annual meeting in Anchorage today. A last order of business was setting the catch limits for all halibut users: subsistence, commercial, sport and personal use.
Commissioners cited low catch rates, lack of halibut recruitment, reliance on a single 2012 year class, and environmental conditions as having “uncertain” effects on the halibut stock which occurs from the Bering Sea to the US west coast. Total removals will equal 35.29 million pounds.
The Pacific halibut fishery opens on March 15 and closes December 7.
Below are charts provided by Maddie Lightsey at Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer.
The first includes all halibut removals from harvests and “incidental wastage” — TCEY stands for Total Constant Exploitation Yield. The second chart shows the commercial catch limits for each region.