Sunday, January 12, 2020

NMFS Charter Halibut Permit Annual Registration Form Available

The Council took action last year on an issue that would create an annual renewal process for charter halibut permits (CHPs) in IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A. This application process would require CHP holders (including Community Quota Entities and U.S. Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation groups) to submit CHP number, CHP holder name, address, phone number and/or email address, as well as any updates to the CHP ownership structure.

The intent of this renewal process is to provide more complete and useful information to evaluate whether changes to the CHP Program are necessary as a result of changes in ownership and participation of CHPs, to facilitate retirement of non-transferable permits when ownership changes, and improve the ability of enforcement agents to ensure valid permits are being used.

Note: Although NMFS is currently accepting applications, the new software applications that will allow RAM Division to process the annual CHP registrations and process the transfers of CHPs is still under development. Currently, any applications that RAM receives are being held in safekeeping until development and testing is completed. NMFS and the IT folks are very much aware of the February 1 opening of the sport fishery so that's our target for having everything in place. If anyone is in urgent need of obtaining their 2020 CHP (e.g. fishing winter chinook & halibut), I advise they contact RAM directly at 1-800-304-4846.

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