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    When do the decisions for 2016 halibut management get made? Have the "estimated" evaluations of last years landings been completed? Where can we read this information? Are there going any changes? more cuts? Last summer when talking to a couple of charter guides I heard that a potential proposal for the recreational fleet/fishermen could involve a punch card. Anyone else hear anything yet? Thanks.

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    FROM THE NPFMC NEWSLETTER at http://www.npfmc.org/ The Charter HalibutManagement Implementation Committee met in October 2015, and again in December2015 to consider management measures designed to keep the charter halibutharvest within each area’s (2C and 3A) 2016 allocation. Management measuresrecommended by the committee were evaluated by Scott Meyer (ADF&G) todetermine their likelihood to keep the charter harvest within the IPHC FCEYidentified at the 2015 interim IPHC meeting, 0.847 million pounds in Area 2Cand 1.771 million pounds in Area 3A.After receiving the report from Mr. Meyer, and from the Charter HalibutManagement Implementation Committee, and hearing from members of the public,the Council approved the following charter halibut management measures forrecommendation to the International Pacific Halibut Commission forimplementation in 2016:For Area 2c:·One-fishdaily bag limit·Reverseslot limit of U42” – O80” (must be ≤42” or ≥80”)If the final Area 2C charterallocation is sufficiently higher than the “blue line” to accommodate a changein the reverse slot limit, adjust the size of the lower limit upward to meetthe allocation. If the final charter allocation is below the “blue line”, thefirst restriction added would be a 5-fish annual limit, and if furtherrestrictions are needed, adjust the size of the lower limit downward to meetthe allocation.For Area 3A:·Two-fishdaily bag limit·Maximumsize of one of the two fish is 28”·Onetrip per day (Use of each charter halibut permit is limited to one charterhalibut fishing trip per calendar day. Also limit each vessel to one charterhalibut fishing trip per calendar day).·4-fishannual limit·Prohibitionon halibut charter fishing on Wednesdays, all year.If the final Area 3AFCEY is halfway between the 2015 FCEY and the 2016 “blue line” , it wouldequate to a charter allocation of 1.84 million pounds. In this case, increasethe annual limit to 5 fish. If the Area 3A charter allocation is the same as2015 (1.89 million pounds), increase the maximum size of one of the two fish to29” and increase to a 5 fish annual limit.For both areas, includea requirement to record halibut on the back of the license or harvest recordcard as an enforcement mechanism for the annual limit. The regulations for GAFremain the same.


    The data analysis for these measures can be found here as an attachment to C5 on the agenda: http://legistar2.granicus.com/npfmc/...ing_Agenda.pdf




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    Cliffs Notes:

    Southeast Charters and unguided sport fisherman will stay the same as last year.

    In South Central, charters went down an inch on the second fish, can't fish on Wednesdays, and have an annual limit of 4 fish. Unguided stays the same.

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    Planning a trip to Alaska to fish for halibut out of Homer in early July.

    Are you saying that we won't be able to fish for halibut on Wednesday?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KYtimer View Post
    Are you saying that we won't be able to fish for halibut on Wednesday?
    Yes...from a charter boat, you will not be able to fish for halibut on Wednesdays in 2016 (in area 3A, which includes the waters around Homer).
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    Quote Originally Posted by KYtimer View Post
    Planning a trip to Alaska to fish for halibut out of Homer in early July.

    Are you saying that we won't be able to fish for halibut on Wednesday?
    Yes, last year is was Thurs for part of the year, this year they are looking at Weds for the entire year.. All other game fish are fair game as per the state regs. This is just preliminary, end of Jan is when the final ruling should be coming down.
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    Homer also has the start of a good boat rental fleet! You can rent a boat a gear to do a day on your own. Most of the rentals some spots marked as good halibut spots plus others that have rented the boats may leave spots marked on the charts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    Homer also has the start of a good boat rental fleet! You can rent a boat a gear to do a day on your own. Most of the rentals some spots marked as good halibut spots plus others that have rented the boats may leave spots marked on the charts.
    This is a great option, but you should have at least some rudimentary knowledge of seamanship. Also, ask about specific local coditions (currents, daybreeze, uncharted obstructions ). I'm assuming you don't want to kill your family. Plus, I get tired of towing families with kids to port. The wife is usually scared to the point of a catatonic state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MGH55 View Post
    Homer also has the start of a good boat rental fleet! You can rent a boat a gear to do a day on your own. Most of the rentals some spots marked as good halibut spots plus others that have rented the boats may leave spots marked on the charts.
    And with new opportunity and industry will come necessary regulations and restrictions...

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    Thanks very much for the replies.

    Five guys from Kentucky and we had our itinerary all set. Vacation time had been requested at work and a couple of us had already bought airline tickets. We were gonna go to Denali National Park, fishing out of Homer, take the ferry to Valdez and fish for salmon there. This really fouls up our plans. Very disappointing.

    But learning about the rule this early gives us time to rework our itinerary or reschedule our trip.

    Thanks again for the heads-up.

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    So, if this passes, does that mean there will be no halibut charters on Wednesdays and Thursdays?

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    As Abel pointed out earlier in this thread, the exact final regulations for charter halibut fishing won't be clear until the IPHC meeting at the end of this month. Based on the total allowable harvest which will be established at that meeting, certain aspects of the 2016 regulations will then fall into place (the day of the week closure will not change, however). The North Pacific Council's motion from the December meeting spells out which measures may still be in play, depending on the final harvest limits.
    http://npfmc.legistar.com/gateway.as...5b7c698f89.pdf
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    Penguin, the way I read the proposals that will have to be approved by the IPHC the day of the week closure will be Wednesday's year around and Thursday you would be able to fish for halibut from a charter boat.

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    Correct. In 3A, Wednesday is the only day being closed.
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