Science & Research


Wild Pacific halibut commercial harvesters and their families are dedicated to maintaining a sustainable resource.

An IPHC port sampler measures a wild Pacific halibut to record length and weight, and then remove an otolith - a hard, calcium carbonate structure located directly behind the brain of the fish -so scientists can determine age and derive age-related information as well as growth rates of the wild Pacific halibut.


Members of the wild Pacific halibut fishery participate in various programs and processes to ensure, healthy groundfish resources for today and tomorrow.

Canadian commercial wild Pacific halibut harvesters participate fully in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) process, attending Commission meetings and participating in various stakeholder advisory bodies. They also work collaboratively with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) on the management of their fishery, through the Department’s Halibut Advisory Board, the formal, multi-interest stakeholder advisory body.

Since 2003, the harvesters have been working collaboratively with DFO to collect the data necessary to undertake peer-reviewed stock assessments for inshore rockfish, species caught incidentally in the commercial wild Pacific halibut fishery. Each year the harvesters fund and coordinate a rockfish survey program to collect fishery independent data for use in scientific research and stock assessments, funding an extra technician on the IPHC setline survey and chartering up to three vessels to conduct fishing surveys designed by DFO scientists.