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Sport Pacific Halibut - Management


As odd as it may seem--considering where they spend most of their time--Pacific halibut are not a member of the "groundfish" group of fishes, nor are they included in the Pacific Fishery Management Council's groundfish fishery management plan.

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Catch Sharing Plans

  • The Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) is the framework by which Paciific halibut are managed during the year and includes:

    • Allocation (between fisheries and between geographical subareas within fisheries)
    • Seasons (opening and closing dates, open days of the week)
    • Bag limits
    • Length limits
    • Allowable inseason regulation changes

  • 2014 CSP  (each pdf file is 12-14 pages)
  • 2013 CSP      
  • 2012 CSP       
  • 2011 CSP
  • 2010 CSP
  • 2009 CSP
  • 2008 CSP
  • 2007 CSP
  • 2006 CSP
  • 2005 CSP
  • 2004 CSP

Who Does What in Pacific Halibut Management?

Agency Tasks

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

  • Solicits public input about regulations (seasons, bag limits, etc.)
  • Makes recommendations to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Pacific Fishery Management Council
  • Samples the sport fishery and produces landing estimates

International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)

  • Sets annual harvest levels
  • Conducts Pacific halibut research and stock assessments

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

  • Approves and publishes the Catch Sharing Plan and implements managment measures
  • Makes inseason regulatory changes

Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC)

  • Adopts changes to the Catch Sharing Plan

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