The allowed retention of Pacific halibut in the 2013 troll salmon season is not allowed at any time prior to May 1, 2013. At this point in time, the ratio of Chinook required per each retained Pacific halibut and the landing cap per trip have not been finalized for the 2013 season. This will occur at the April 5-11 PFMC meeting in Portland, Oregon. Trollers must have applied for the incidental troll halibut permit prior to April 1, 2013 in order to land any Pacific halibut in those seasons expected to start after May 1, 2013.
Beginning in 2014, the retention of season will open April 1, for any open Chinook salmon seasons at that time. Troll fishermen are reminded that the deadline for permit applications in 2014 with the International Pacific Halibut Commission will be advanced to March 15, 2014.