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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.

Season maps
(one-page pdf after 2009)

Setting seasons

Economic reports


Annual reports from ODFW to IPHC

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
    • Regulation changes allowed inseason

  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013      
  • 2012       
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004

Each Catch Sharing Plan above is 12-14 pages (pdf).

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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