Congratulations! You made it through the end of the halibut and black cod season. Overall, the commercial fleet caught 86% of the halibut TAC, landing 17,539,060 pounds (excluding CDQ landings), and 74% of the black cod TAC, at 41,945,948 pounds. Well done, guys!
Quota has seen a last minute increase in interest, with offers of $40.00 for 3ABU and 3ACU and $10.00 for SECU, all on 2022 TAC. If you're looking to make a purchase in the 2022 calendar year, you'll need to have cash lined up and move quickly. RAM won't process quota transfers again until the new numbers come out, so if a sale doesn't close by the end of the year, it likely won't close until March.
If you missed it, here are links to the IPHC survey models, the IPHC Interim Meeting recordings and documents, and documents for the upcoming Annual Meeting at the end of January.
The NPFMC is currently holding their last meeting of the year, where they will set catch and bycatch limits for 2023-2024 BSAI and GOA groundfish fisheries, including sablefish, hold an initial review on a new Fisheries Management Plan for Cook Inlet salmon, decide on a plan to rebuild Bering Sea snow crab stocks, review an emergency petition requesting a six month closure in two areas to protect Bristol Bay red king crab, review a discussion paper on salmon bycatch, and take final action on charter halibut management. If you're able to, tune in to that one, there's a lot at stake.
If you landed quota this year, you can expect invoices for annual IFQ cost recovery fees later this month. Those fees must be paid by credit card online in your eFish account. Click the "Payments" tab, and then click "Pay IFQ Cost Recovery Fees."
If you have quota held by a corporation or business entity, you need to fill out a Quota Share Holder Identification of Ownership Interest form before you will be issued 2023 permits. Find that form here.
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