The retention of Pacific Halibut is allowed beginning April 1 only in open salmon seasons by licensed troll salmon vessels that have been issued an incidental Pacific Halibut harvest license. Applications for 2014 licenses received by the IPHC must be postmarked by March 17, 2014 (this is an exception for 2014 since March 15falls on a weekend). Applications are expected to be available for download from the IPHC website athttp://www.iphc.int/commercial/2a-licensing.html in late February.
From April 1 to 30 in open salmon seasons, holders of the IPHC incidental Pacific Halibut license may land or possess no more than one Pacific halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be possessed or landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 15 halibut may be possessed or landed per trip. Pacific halibut retained must be no less than 32 inches in total length (with head on).
Note: Although the troll salmon season from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border is scheduled to start onMarch 15, 2014, this season may be modified by inseason action at the March 8-13 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Sacramento, CA. Final ocean salmon seasons for the period of May 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015 will be set at the April 4-9 PFMC meeting in Vancouver, WA.