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Pacific Halibut Guideline Harvest Levels in Alaska - Federal Register Rules and Notices


Pacific Halibut Guideline Harvest Levels
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


Final Rule to Replace Guideline Harvest Levels:

NOAA Fisheries issues regulations to implement a catch sharing plan for the guided sport (charter) and commercial fisheries for Pacific halibut in waters of International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). This catch sharing plan replaces the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) program, defines an annual process for allocating halibut between the charter and commercial fisheries in Area 2C and Area 3A, and establishes allocations for each fishery. The commercial fishery will continue to be managed under the Individual Fishing Quota system.

To allow flexibility for individual commercial and charter fishery participants, the catch sharing plan also authorizes annual transfers of commercial halibut quota to charter halibut permit holders for harvest in the charter fishery. This action is necessary to achieve the halibut fishery management goals of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/17/2020

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