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    Default 2017 closed halibut

    Does anyone know if they have set the day for closed halibut next year? I hope they pick a day and stick with it. Thursday last year, Wednesday this year. I would like to start booking dates but a little relucant to what F&G will do.

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    It is beyond the purview of AK DFG, it's the Feds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    It is beyond the purview of AK DFG, it's the Feds.
    There are two steps taken each year that lead to the annual regulations for charter halibut anglers. The first step is the annual harvest limits (by area, across the Pacific NW, Canada, and Alaska) which are set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Once those harvest limits are set, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will decide what measures are needed to keep the charter harvest in Alaska within their allocation (per the already-established catch sharing plan). The Council will take that up at their December 6-14 meeting, in Anchorage.
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    Well, sorta the Feds....fisheries bureaucrats anyway.
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    We usually don't know what it will be until Feb ish at the earliest. We'll have to see how many the trawl fleet shovels over the side as well, or at least what the report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MRFISH View Post
    There are two steps taken each year that lead to the annual regulations for charter halibut anglers. The first step is the annual harvest limits (by area, across the Pacific NW, Canada, and Alaska) which are set by the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Once those harvest limits are set, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will decide what measures are needed to keep the charter harvest in Alaska within their allocation (per the already-established catch sharing plan). The Council will take that up at their December 6-14 meeting, in Anchorage.
    This is right, but there are actually two meetings, both open to the public. The first is in October where representatives from the charter areas meet to request management measures for analysis. ADF&G analyzes the potential management measures to see what impact they will have to keep the charter catch within the IPHC allocation, that analysis is presented in December. Then the same charter representatives will recommend measures to the Council in December.

    You can email Steve MacLean at the Council (steve.maclean@noaa.gov) and he will put your name on a charter halibut list serv to let you know of upcoming meetings and other information related to charter halibut.

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