Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and to Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
ACA Update from the 2016 IPHC Meeting

Halibut Stocks Up - Catch Limits Increase

ACA President Richard Yamada attended the IPHC along with Mike Flores (representing the Homer Charter Association), Kevin Burchfield (Juneau Charter Association), Tom Ohaus (SEAGO) and Andy Mezirow (Seward Charter Association) to work on this year's halibut catch limits and regulations. 

While the stock assessment was positive, Commissioners were cautious in setting limits. Even so, most areas received an increase over the "Blue Line" staff recommendations. 

Commercial season dates are 3/19-11/7. The IPHC adopted an earlier closing date to make data available for the Interim Meeting in December 2016.

Area 3A was allowed a combined catch limit of 9.6 million pounds, and Area 2C received approval for 4.95 million pounds. Each was around 300,000 pounds above the Blue Line. 

Area 2C will have a one-fish daily bag limit, with a reverse slot limit (under 43" or over 80"). This represents a 1-inch increase in the lower size limit.

Area 3A will have a two-fish daily bag limit, with a maximum size limit on the second fish of 28".
Each vessel is limited to one trip per calendar day.
Each permit is limited to one trip per vessel per calendar day.
Wednesday closure.
4-fish annual limit.
Record in ink, date, area, #halibut, on State license or on duplicate license if necessary.
Halibut with IPHC external tags will be exempt from sport and personal use bag limits, seasons, size and possession limits.

On the commercial side, the IPHC considered lowering the size limit in areas 3B-west to 30 inches. (70% of the fish in these areas are undersized). The motion failed with Canadians opposed and the US supporting for a tie vote.

Dates for this year's meeting were set for the 2016 Interim Meeting (November 29-30th in Seattle, WA) and for the 2017 Annual Meeting (January 23-27 in Victoria, B.C.). The 2018 Annual Meeting will be on January 22-26 in Portland, OR.

Charter Industry Meet & Greet at the IPHC

The ACA, the Juneau Charter Association, the Homer Charter Association and SEAGO held a reception for industry, managers and legislative officials at the Hangar Ballroom on the Wharf in Juneau, Alaska. The reception was well-attended and included a great mix of the public and members of the charter fishing industry along with managers and decision-makers in Alaska's state capitol. 

Attendees discussed the charter industry's proposals for a Recreational Quota Entity (RQE) and other legislative priorities for our industry.

Reminder for Annual ACA dues
Membership dues make the work of the Alaska Charter Association possible. Commercial fishing associations are well-represented at all the meetings that set fishing regulations and directly affect your business and livelihood. Consider making an additional donation to keep the ACA afloat. If you haven't renewed since Labor Day weekend, your membership has expired! Ask your fellow charter operators to join and get involved. 

Do you find most of your time is being spent in damage control brought on by regulations that continue to decreased fishing opportunities for your clients and you don't have time to attend important meetings that may further impact your future? You need an organization like ACA to inform, educate, and represent you at these important fisheries meetings. Please help support us with your $150 membership. Please join us Today! 2016 memberships are due October 1, 2015.