Results of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Interim Meeting can be found at: http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/interim-meeting.html . The IPHC Annual Meeting, where quotas are set for 2013, will be January 21-25, 2013. Information on the Annual Meeting can be found at: http://www.iphc.int/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting.html . Shortly after the Annual Meeting, ODFW will be hosting a public meeting to get public input on the “fixed” and “back-up” dates for the Central Oregon Coast Spring All-Depth season. More information on the meeting date and location will be available in mid-January.
Changes for 2013
Columbia River Subarea
- Removed the regulatory closure date (3rd Sunday in July) from the spring season. The spring season will close when 80% of the total Columbia River Subarea allocations is reached. If this is not prior to the summer season start date (1st Friday in August), the remaining quota will roll into the summer season. In 2012, there would have been 2 additional weekends open.
- The spring season open dates changed from Thursday through Saturday to Friday through Sunday, the same open days as the summer fishery.
- The nearshore (inside 40 fathoms) fishery was changed from being open seven days per week to being open three days per week, Thursday through Saturday. After August 15, IPHC, NMFS, and ODFW can meet, and if harvest and effort have been slow, may open additional days each week.
- A "trigger" was put in to change the allocation between the three Central Oregon Coast Subarea fisheries. If the entire Area 2A total allowable catch (TAC) is below 700,000 pounds, the quota for the Central Oregon Coast Subarea will be changed to 75% to the spring all-depth fishey and 25% to the nearshore fishery. If the 2A TAC is 700,000 pounds or above, the allocation will remain the same (63% to the spring all-depth, 25% to the summer all-depth, 12% to the nearshore). With a 2A TAC less than 700,000 pounds there is not enoungh quota for the summer all-depth fishery to be open for 2 full days, given recent years' trends in catch and effort.
- No changes for 2013
- ODFW, CDFG, NMFS, and IPHC are working through the Council on how to manage this fishery in the future, there may need to be changes for 2014. We will be asking for public input on this in August of 2013.