NPFMC Starts on Halibut Issues

Sunday 12/11/11
The NPFMC took action on 2012 charter management measures to recommend to the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the first of three issues to be considered. In the IPHC webinar Nov 30th and again in the report today in front of the council, the charter fleet in 2C stair steps back up and 3A steps down for the first time so the GHL management levels considered was 931,000 lbs for 2C and 3.103 million lbs.

Council member Ed Dersham made the following motion: Based upon IPHC staff recommendations regarding Total CEY, the Council moves forward the following charter halibut management measures in Areas 2C and 3A for consideration by the International Pacific Halibut Commission in 2012.
Area 2C (GHL 931,000 lbs)
One fish reverse slot limit of U45 – O68 (one fish bag limit of either a fish under 45 inches or over 68″)
Area 3A (GHL 3.103 million lbs)
Status Quo of 2 fish / day of any size

A motion to amend the main motion failed 4 to 7 that would have added a prohibition on skipper & crew fish for June, July & August).
The ADFG report to describe management options is available here.

Tomorrow morning the Council will start discussing the CSP and the issues raised in the NMFS 48 page report available on the NPFMC website.

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