The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is a public international organization that was established in 1923 by an agreement between Canada and the United States. Its mandate is to perform research on and manage Pacific Halibut Hippoglossus stenolepis stocks within the waters of both nations. Every year the IPHC staff conducts numerous scientific projects to support that mandate. These include a coastwide fishery-independent setline survey, field sampling in major fishing ports to collect scientific information from the Pacific Halibut fishing fleet, and a variety of research projects to further the understanding of and increase our information about Pacific Halibut (IPHC 2014).
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By: Ed Henry