The International Pacific Halibut Commission will meet on November 27th and 28th in Seattle.
This upcoming meeting will be a real nail-biter as the U.S. and Canada struggle to come to terms about the management of the Halibut resource where the parties struggle to reach an agreement in this time of decreasing halibut abundance.
A summary of the data, stock assessment, and harvest decision table for Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) for 2018 can be found by clicking the button below.
As scooped this afternoon by the Halibut Coalition, “The 2018 FISS detailed a coastwide aggregate NPUE (modelled via the space-time methodology) which was showed a second consecutive year of decrease, down 7% from 2017, with individual Biological Regions ranging from a 6% increase (Region 4B) to a 15% decrease (Region 2; Figure 3).
The WPUE of legal (O32) Pacific halibut, the most comparable metric to observed commercial fishery catch rates was 5% lower than the 2017 estimate at the coastwide level, constituting the lowest value in the time series. Individual IPHC Regulatory Areas varied from a 12% increase (Regulatory Area 4B) to a 19% decrease (Regulatory Area 2C; Figure 4).
The FISS sampling associated with the expansion in Region 2 (Regulatory Areas 2A, 2B, and 2C) revised the estimated relative catch-rates in this region compared to the rest of the coast, and reduced the variability about the estimates by approximately 48%."
Follow the link below to register for the 94th Session of the IPHC Interim Meeting