Sport Halibut Management
Sport Halibut Fishing in Alaska
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 - Areas 2C, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E
- Regulation Summary for 2013
- Regulations for waters in and off Alaska are stated in the IPHC's 2013 annual management measures (See Sections 25. "Sport Fishing for HalibutóGeneral" and 28. "Sport Fishing for Halibut" for season dates, gear and possession information, and bag limits for most areas)
- IPHC Regulatory Areas and Federal Reporting Areas
Guided Sport Halibut
GUIDED SPORT HALIBUT FISHING in Areas 2C and 3A
IPHC Areas 2C and 3A. Click for larger version.
2013 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.
Catch Sharing Plan Implemented
- News Release: NOAA to implement halibut catch sharing plan in 2014 NEW!
- Final rule 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 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. (as-filed 12/09/13) NEW!
- Final EA/RIR/IRFA Analysis for a Regulatory Amendment for a Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the Charter Sector and Commercial Setline Sector in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Area 2C and Area 3A , November 2013
- Analysis of Management Options for the Area 2C and 3A Charter Halibut Fisheries for 2014, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Scott Meyer and Robert Powers, December 2013.
- Catch Sharing Plan History
- Proposed regulations to implement a catch sharing plan. Comment period through August 12, 2013.
- Draft EA/RIR/IRFA for a Regulatory Amendment for a Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the Charter Sector and Commercial Setline Sector in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Area 2C and Area 3A, June 2013
- NPFMC Final Action, October 2012
Charter Halibut Limited Access Program
The Charter Halibut Limited Access Program established new federal Charter Halibut Permits (CHPs) for operators in the charter halibut fishery in regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). Since February 1, 2011, all charter halibut vessel operators in Areas 2C and 3A with clients onboard must have a valid CHP onboard during every charter vessel fishing trip.
- Frequently Asked Questions (Small Entity Compliance Guide for Limited Access Program)
- Charter Halibut Limited Access Program Implementation Report, October 2012
Resources for Charter Halibut Permit Holders
- Regulations for Area 2C (Southeast Alaska) and Area 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska)
- Permits, Applications and Reports
- Community Quota Entity Permits
- ADF&G Logbook
- ADF&G Charter and Non-Charter Halibut Harvest Data: preliminary 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
- Mushy Halibut Syndrome
- ADF&G sport fishing regulations
- IPHC regulatory information
- NPFMC halibut charter information
- NMFS' analyses
- Historical Information and Litigation