Purpose and Need
Different regulations apply to guided and unguided (i.e., chartered and non-chartered) halibut fishing trips. Possessing halibut harvested from both guided and unguided trips on the same fishing vessel at the same time presents challenges for accountability and enforcement that cannot be adequately addressed by current regulations. Mixed guided and unguided halibut can occur on multi-day fishing vessels
Once guided and unguided halibut are mixed aboard a fishing vessel, it is difficult to determine which halibut were harvested under the guided regulations and which halibut were harvested under the unguided regulations. The current regulatory structure allows guided and unguided halibut to be mixed on a fishing vessel but does not provide the regulated public or authorized officers with a mechanism to ensure compliance with the more restrictive guided halibut regulations. A regulatory change could ensure proper accounting of guided and unguided catch.
Alternative 1: Take no action
Alternative 2: Prohibit the possession of guided and unguided halibut simultaneously on any fishing vessel
Alternative 3: If halibut harvested using sport fishing guide services is possessed with halibut harvested not using sport fishing guide services on Convention waters in Area 2C or 3A, the IPHC annual management measures for guided sport fishing for the area that the halibut was harvested apply to all halibut onboard the fishing vessel.
Include the revisions suggested by staff and the Enforcement Committee, except the
recommendation to include a new suboption 2.1.
An expanded discussion of the changes in guided and unguided halibut fishery management
measures that led to an increase in multi-day, and mothership and floating lodge operations and
increasing potential for mixing halibut caught by guided and unguided anglers.
An expanded discussion of the regulatory history of current prohibitions on mixing halibut in the
commercial, subsistence, and sport fisheries.
Available information on mothership
and floating lodge sporthalibut operations in areas 2C and 3A (i.e., number of operations identified, description of services offered, whether operation holds CHPs, etc.)