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Management of the Pacific halibut sport fishery

2019 | All halibut fisheries are closed for the year. hbt ests link
2019 end-of-year landing estimates

2020

Season Development

 

 


Overview

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

Season maps

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

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013      
  • 2012       
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004

Each file 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


ODFW Contacts

Lynn Mattes
Project Leader
Lynn.Mattes@state.or.us
(541) 867-0300 x237
Christian Heath
Assistant Project Leader
Christian.T.Heath@state.or.us
(541) 867-0300 x266

 

 

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