Sport Halibut Management in Alaska
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Sport Halibut Management

Sport Halibut Fishing in Alaska

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Sport fishing regulations for Pacific halibut in Alaska are developed on the international, federal and state levels by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), NOAA Fisheries (NMFS), and the State of Alaska's Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G).

Halibut and salmon are the major sport fish fisheries in Alaska. NMFS' recreational fisheries regulatory authority is limited to Pacific halibut. ADF&G does not have authority to manage halibut, but manages most of Alaska's recreational fisheries and has adopted some regulations that affect sport fishing for halibut.

Unguided Sport Halibut


UNGUIDED SPORT HALIBUT FISHING


Guided Sport Halibut


GUIDED SPORT HALIBUT FISHING in Areas 2C and 3A

IPHC areas 2c and 3a

IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Click for larger version.


2015 Regulations for Charter Anglers

Regulations for the guided sport (charter) halibut fishery in Alaska are determined annually by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and the International Pacific Halibut Commission. NMFS publishes these regulations each year as part of the IPHC Annual Management Measures.

  • NMFS issues regulations that remove the requirement that a guided sport (charter) vessel guide be on board the same vessel as a charter vessel angler to meet the definition of providing sport fishing guide services. This final rule clarifies that all sport fishing for halibut in which anglers receive assistance from a compensated guide will be managed under charter fishery regulations (whether or not a guide is on board the same vessel), and all harvest (except halibut harvested under the Guided Angler Fish Program) will accrue toward charter allocations. Effective July 20, 2015.
  • Summary of Regulations for Charter Anglers
  • IPHC Annual Management Measures
  • Frequently Asked Questions

GUIDED SPORT HALIBUT FISHING in Areas 3B and 4A-E

For guided sport(charter) anglers in all IPHC regularoty areas except Areas 2C and 3A, the regulations are the same as for unguided anglers.