Wednesday, September 5, 2018

State, Commerce Departments Appoint Recreational Fisherman to International Pacific Halibut Commission



The Commerce and State Departments have appointed Richard Yamada to the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The Commission makes rules and sets catch limits for halibut harvest and the gear types allowed for the US and Canada.

The two nations signed a treaty in 1923. It created the IPHC to provide sustainable fishery management for halibut.

There are six Commissioners. Each country appoints two fishery industry reps and one agency rep. They meet every January to set rules for fishing seasons and harvest limits for the two countries.

Yamada has 40 years experience as a guide, lodge owner and sportfishing advocate.

He serves as President of the Alaska Charter Association. He serves on the board of the National Association of Charterboat Owners (NACO), and on the Secretary of Commerce’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC).

Yamada will be the first recreational fishing stakeholder to sit on the Commission in its 95 year history.

Contact for more info about the Alaska Charter Association, visit:

For more info about the IPHC: https://www.iphc.int/the-commission

Richard Yamada

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