OPENING DATE MARCH 15
HALIBUT SEASON 2019
Fresh pacific halibut will be in stores and restaurants during this time.
Canada’s commercial wild Pacific halibut fishery operates under a leading edge fisheries management regime that includes individual transferable quota (ITQ) or “catch share” management , trip limits, 100% at-sea and dockside monitoring and full accountability for all catch, both halibut and non-halibut species regardless of whether the fish is retained or released at sea. Each halibut landed is also tagged in the tail with a unique serial number by a government-designated dockside validator.
This world class fisheries management regime was developed through a three-year collaborative process that included PHMA members, representatives from all other commercial groundfish fisheries, seafood processors, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fisheries managers and scientists and provincial government representatives.
Canada’s Pacific commercial halibut fishery is often used as a model of successful fisheries management. Groups like the David Suzuki Foundation have referred to the fishery as a high bar example and the Marine Stewardship Council concludes that the catch accounting system in place is one of the most rigorous in the world. More information on Canada’s wild Pacific halibut fishery can be found at wildpacifichalibut.com.
Incorporated as a provincially-registered society in 1997, the Pacific Halibut Management Association of BC (PHMA) is a commercial fishing industry association, which represents the majority of commercial halibut licence holders in British Columbia. The commercial halibut fishery is comprised mainly of small, family-owned businesses and First Nations.