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US and Canada Advised on 2014 Halibut Quotas

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GLOBAL - The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has advised the governments of Canada and the United States on Pacific halibut catch limits for 2014 totaling 27,515,000 pounds, down 3,513,000 from last year.

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More than 250 halibut industry stakeholders attended the ninetieth annual meeting in Seattle, with over 60 more participating in web broadcasts of the public sessions.

The recommended catch limits by regulatory area are as follows.

2014 Catch Limits

Regulatory Area Catch Limit
Area 2A (California, Oregon, and Washington) 960,000
Non-treaty directed commercial (south of Pt. Chehalis) 168,137
Non-treaty incidental catch in salmon troll fishery 29,671
Non-treaty incidental catch in sablefish fishery (north of Pt. Chehalis) 14,274
Treaty Indian commercial 307,500
Treaty Indian ceremonial and subsistence (year-round) 28,500
Sport – North of Columbia River 214,110
Sport – South of Columbia River 197,808
Area 2B (British Columbia) (includes sport catch allocation) 6,850,000
Area 2C (southeastern Alaska) (combined commercial/guided sport) 4,160,000
Commercial fishery 3,318,720
Guided sport fishery 761,280
Area 3A (central Gulf of Alaska) (combined commercial/guided sport) 9,430,000
Commercial fishery 7,317,730
Guided sport fishery 1,782,270
Area 3B (western Gulf of Alaska) 2,840,000
Area 4A (eastern Aleutians) 850,000
Area 4B (central/western Aleutians) 1,140,000
Areas 4CDE 1,285,000
Area 4C (Pribilof Islands) 596,600
Area 4D (northwestern Bering Sea) 596,600
Area 4E (Bering Sea flats) 91,800
Total 27,515,000

The Commission approved a season of March 8 – November 7, 2014 for the US and Canadian Individual Quota fisheries.

The Treaty tribal commercial fisheries and the incidental halibut fisheries in Area 2A will occur within these dates.

In Area 2A, seven 10-hour fishing periods for the non-treaty directed commercial fishery are recommended: June 25, July 9, July 23, August 6, August 20, September 3, and September 17, 2014.

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