The Pacific Fishery Management Council is requesting public comment on structuring the Area 2A (West Coast) non-Indian directed commercial halibut fishery for the upcoming year.

The public is encouraged to comment at the September and November 2019 council meetings as management of this halibut fishery transitions from the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) to the council.

In June, the council committed to working closely with the IPHC on the transition.

The council intends to maintain the current management structure, but may consider changes to vessel poundage limits and open periods.

At its September and November 2019 meetings it will also make management recommendations for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery trip limits and fishing periods.These meetings will provide an opportunity for public, agency, and advisory body comment. The Groundfish Advisory Subpanel meetings held in conjunction with the September and November council meetings will also provide for public comment on this issue. As always, public comment will be accepted through the council’s e-portal (pfmc.pcouncil.org) before the meetings.  

The September meeting will be held September 11-18 at the Riverside Hotel in Boise, Idaho. The November meeting will be held November 13-20 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa in Costa Mesa, California.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will hold public meetings August 5-8 to discuss fishing periods and trip limits for the 2020 directed commercial halibut fishery.

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