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  1. Objectives and main functions
  2. Area of competence
  3. Species and stocks coverage
  4. Members
  5. Further information
Objectives and main functions The main objective of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is the conservation and preservation of the halibut fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

The main functions of the IPHC are:

  • to conduct and coordinate scientific studies relating to the halibut fishery and to formulate regulations designed to develop the stocks of halibut to those levels that permit optimum utilization;
  • to submit regulations, mainly the total allowable catch of halibut in the Convention Area, to the two governments for approval. Upon approval, the regulations are implemented and enforced by the appropriate agencies of both governments.
Area of competence The territorial waters and exclusive economic zones off the western coasts of the United States and Canada, including the Bering Sea.
IPHC area of competence - High seas, National waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.

Species and stocks coverage

Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis).


Member: Canada, United States of America.

Further information

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