There are several opportunities for direct public involvement in management of Pacific halibut fisheries. You can get involved by attending the International Pacific Halibut Commission annual meeting, or regular meetings of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The IPHC accepts regulatory proposals in the fall of each year, and users can testify in person or in writing at IPHC and NPFMC meetings. In addition, stakeholders may review and submit written comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service on proposed rules published in the Federal Register.
Halibut fishermen can contribute to responsible use of the public resource by following all applicable regulations, participating in voluntary harvest surveys, and reporting suspected illegal activities.