2013 Halibut Season & Quota Information
2013 Halibut Season & Q...

The 2013 Pacific Halibut opening date, closing date and quotas have been set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. The Commission approved a season of March 23 – November 7, 2013 for the U.S. and Canadian Individual Quota fisheries. The Treaty tribal commercial fisheries and the incidental halibut fisheries in Area 2A will also occur within these dates.

In Area 2A, seven 10-hour fishing periods for the non-treaty directed commercial fishery are recommended: June 26, July 10, July 24, August 7, August 21, September 4, September 18, 2013.

Further the Commission is recommending to the governments of Canada and the United States catch limits for 2013 totaling 31,028,000 pounds, a 7.5% decrease from the 2012 catch limit of 33,540,000 pounds.

Areas 2A and 3B catch limits are the same as in 2012.

Area 2C (Southeast Alaska) catch limit was increased by 350,000 LBS or 13%.

Area 3A (Central Gulf) catch limit was decreased by 890,000 LBS or 7%.

Area 3B (Kodiak) catch limit was decreased by 780,000 LBS or 15%.

Area 4A (Central Peninsula) catch limit was decreased by 240,000 LBS or 15%.

Area 4B (Aleutians) catch limit was decreased by 420,000 LBS or 22%.

Area 4CDE (Bering Sea/Western Alaska) catch limit was decreased by 540,000 LBS or 22%.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), originally called the International Fisheries Commission, was established in 1923 by a Convention between the governments of Canada and the United States of America. Its mandate is research on and management of the stocks of Pacific Halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) within the Convention waters of both nations. For more information, http://www.iphc.int/