Quota interest is starting to pick up, we sold unfished CGCU at $9.50 on 2023 TAC this week, but there's still little excitement. Members of the IPHC Conference Board are working diligently to come up with suggestions for 2023 catch limits, which has proven to be more difficult than in recent years, due to new modeling techniques coupled with statistically and anecdotally poor fishing in 2022. Many user groups are pushing for decreases in 2023, despite the scientists' new modeling showing that they might not be warranted. The IPHC Annual Meeting, held January 23-27, will culminate with a vote on the 2023 quotas, and boy will it be an exciting one!
The IPHC put out a call for members to the IPHC Processor Advisory Board (PAB). You must purchase, process and sell Pacific halibut caught in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, or California to be eligible.
IPHC also put out a request for tenders for the 2023 Catch Protection Pilot Study, which will "investigate the logistics of setting, fishing, and hauling two pilot catch protection devices: a) an underwater shuttle and b) branchline gear with a sliding shroud system, and (2) investigate the basic performance of the gear [...]"
If you missed the NPFMC meeting last month, check out their December newsletter here.
Friendly reminder: 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.
Another friendly reminder: IFQ fees are due by January 31. Fees must be paid online in your eFish account, by navigating to the "Payments" tab, selecting "Pay IFQ Cost Recovery Fees" and submitting payment.
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