The Council’s Recreational Quota Entity Committee was established by the Council in October 2014 to contribute to the development of a Recreational Quota Entity program structure for analysis and review by the Council. Staff contact is Steve MacLean.
- Andy Mezirow, Chairman
- Richard Yamada – 2C
- Bryce Gabrys – 3A
- Martin Spargo – 3A
- Ryan Littleton – 2C
- Duncan Fields – Community
- Ricky Gease – 3A
- Bryan Baker – 3A
Items of interest
- Charter Halibut RQE Program Initial Review draft and Addendum; Council Motion 4/16
- Charter Halibut RQE Program 1st Initial Review Draft; Motion 12/15
- Council motion 10/14
- CATCH Alaska Report 1/14, CATCH Alaska Economic Analysis 8/13
RQE Committee Meetings
- April 5, 2016, Anchorage, AK: Minutes
- December 7, 2015, Anchorage, AK: Agenda, Minutes
- April 7, 2015 Organizational Committee meeting, Anchorage, AK: Agenda, Minutes
A Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) for the guided sport (charter) and commercial fisheries for Pacific halibut in waters of International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska) was implemented in January 2014. The CSP replaced the Guideline Harvest Level (GHL) program that was previously in place to manage charter halibut fisheries, and established an annual process for allocating halibut between the charter and commercial fisheries in Area 2C and Area 3A. The allocations in the CSP were intended to: (1) reflect more recent harvest levels by the charter sector, and (2) allow the allocation percentage to fluctuate annually at different levels of halibut abundance.
In January 2014, Catch Accountability Through Compensated Halibut (CATCH) released a report that proposed a mechanism to integrate the charter halibut sector into the Catch Spare Program in place to manage commercial halibut fisheires in Areas 2C and 3A. The CATCH proposal would establish a Recreational Quota Entity authorized by the Council to purchase Quota Share on behalf of the Area 2C and Area 3A charter halibut sector. The Quota Share, and resulting IFQ, would be used to supplement the charter sector allocation for Area 2C and Area 3A halibut.
In October 2014, the Council authorized the Recreational Quota Entity Committee to contribute to the development of a Recreational Quota Entity program structure for analysis and review by the Council. The Council is expected to consider the RQE program for initial review at the October 2015 meeting in Anchorage, AK.