Pacific Halibut

The United States and Canada jointly manage Pacific halibut in a bilateral commission known as the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). Each year, the IPHC sets the total allowable catch (TAC) for halibut that will be caught in U.S. and Canadian waters in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. NOAA Fisheries establishes regulations for U.S. waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (Area 2A). Halibut in this region are divided among tribal and non-tribal fisheries, commercial and recreational fisheries. The Pacific Fishery Management Council's catch sharing plan outlines the halibut catch division within Area 2A. For area closures, we only provide information on marine areas closed to halibut fishing by federal regulation. The states of Washington, Oregon, and California may have additional closures.

Resources

2017 CSP and annual management measures - Public Notice and Small Entity Compliance Guide - 4/21/2017 223KB

2017 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 221KB

2016 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 133KB

2015 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 309KB

2014 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 86KB

2013 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 61KB

2012 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A 74KB

Pacific Halibut
03/01/2014 Environmental assessment and regulatory impact review for continuing implementation of the catch sharing plan for Pacific halibut in Area 2A, 2014-2016
Federal Register Notices
04/20/2017 82FR18581: Final rule announcing approval of the Catch Sharing Plan and annual management measures for halibut fishing in Area 2A
02/23/2017 82FR11419: Proposal to approve changes to the Pacific halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A for 2017 fisheries; public comments must be received by March 15, 2017
04/01/2016 81FR18789: Final rule announcing approval of the Catch Sharing Plan for halibut fishing in Area 2A
03/28/2016 81FR17094: Inseason adjustment to incidental halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery N. of Pt Chehalis
02/19/2016 81FR8466: Proposal to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan
04/01/2015 80FR17344: Approval of Area 2A Pacific halibut Catch Sharing Plan, effective April 1, 2015
03/17/2015 80FR13771: Final rule to implement annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery, effective March 13, 2015
02/03/2015 80FR5719: NOAA Fisheries proposes to approve changes to the Pacific halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A off WA, OR, and CA
04/09/2014 79FR19498: NOAA Fisheries announces inseason adjustments to the incidental Pacific halibut retention regulations for vessels fishing in the sablefish primary fishery, effective at noon on April 8, 2014
04/04/2014 79FR18827: 2014 Final Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific halibut fisheries
03/12/2014 79FR13906: NOAA announces, on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the 2014 annual management measures, effective March 7, 2014
02/06/2014 79FR7156: NOAA Fisheries proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for Area 2A off WA, OR, and CA
05/08/2013 78FR26708: Correction to the 2013 annual management measures for the Pacific halibut fishery, effective May 8, 2013
03/15/2013 78FR16423: Final rule for the 2013 Pacific halibut catch sharing plan
02/11/2013 78FR9660: Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catching Sharing Plan - Proposed Rule
01/16/2013 78FR3399: New call for nominations for International Pacific Halibut Commission appointments
03/22/2012 77 FR 16740: Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan implementing regulations for 2012 for International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A, 3/22/2012.
02/16/2012 77 FR 9210: NOAA solicits nominations as U.S. Commissioners to International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC); nominations must be received by Mar. 19, 2012, 2/16/2012.
02/03/2012 77 FR 5473: Proposed changes to Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon and California; request for comments, 2/3/2012.
07/19/2011 76 FR 42588: Pacific halibut bycatch quota for remainder of 2011 Pacific Coast groundfish fishery, 7/19/2011.
03/16/2011 76 FR 14300: Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan implementing regulations for 2011 for International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A, 3/16/2011.
01/18/2011 76 FR 2871: Proposed changes to Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon and California; request for comments, 1/18/2011.
05/04/2010 75 FR 23615: Inseason adjustments to Pacific Coast groundfish fishery management measures; elimination of incidental Pacific halibut retention allowance; request for comments, 5/4/2010.
03/18/2010 75 FR 13024: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fishery, 3/18/2010.
02/04/2010 75 FR 5745: Proposal to approve and implement changes to Pacific Halibut Catch-Sharing Plan for regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon and California; request for comments, 2/4/2010.
04/24/2009 74 FR 18657: Correction to 74FR11681 of Mar. 19, 2009, annual management measures for Pacific halibut fishery, 4/24/2009.
03/19/2009 74 FR 11681: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fishery, 3/19/2009.
01/14/2009 74 FR 2032: Proposed changes to Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan; request for comments, 1/14/2009.
03/07/2008 73 FR 12280: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries and changes to Catch Sharing Plan in Area 2A, 3/7/2008.
01/02/2008 73 FR 140: Proposal to approve and implement changes to Pacific Halibut Catch-Sharing Plan for regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon and California; request for comments, 1/2/2008.
03/14/2007 72 FR 11792: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fishery, 3/14/2007.
01/16/2007 72 FR 1690: Proposal to approve and implement changes to Pacific Halibut Catch-Sharing Plan for regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon and California, 1/16/2007.
03/03/2006 71 FR 10850: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries; changes to Catch Sharing Plan and sport fishing management in Area 2A, 3/3/2006.
01/30/2006 71 FR 4876: Proposed rule to approve and implement changes to Pacific halibut catch-sharing plan for Area 2A, 1/30/2006.
04/19/2005 70 FR 20304: Inseason adjustments to Pacific halibut fishery, 4/19/2005.
02/25/2005 70 FR 9242: 2005 annual management measures for Pacific halibut, 2/25/2005.
02/07/2005 70 FR 6395: EA on proposed changes to halibut catch-sharing plan for Area 2A, 2/7/2005.
05/05/2004 69 FR 25013: Inseason adjustments to Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP management measures and announcement of incidental halibut retention allowance, 5/5/2004.
03/07/2003 68 FR 10989: Annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries and approval of catch sharing plan, 3/7/2003.
03/20/2002 67 FR 12885: 2002 annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries and approval of catch-sharing plans, 3/20/2002.