MissionObjectives The main objective of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is the preservation of the halibut fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea. Main Function The main functions of the IPHC, which meets annually to review all regulatory proposals, are:
IPHC area of competence - High seas, National waters
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Legal framework Established by the Convention for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery, signed in Washington, DC, the United States of America, on 2 March 1923. The Convention was amended in 1930 and 1937. A new Convention between Canada and the United States of America for the Preservation of the Halibut Fishery of the Northern Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea was signed in Ottawa, Canada, on 2 March 1953 and entered into force on 28 October 1953. When the two countries extended their fishery jurisdictions, a Protocol Amending the Convention was signed in Washington, DC, the United States of America, on 29 March 1979 and entered into force on 15 October 1980.
http://www.iphc.washington.edu/halcom/history/1923us.htm LanguagesEnglish. Organizations involved StructurePrincipal Body The IPHC conducts and coordinates scientific studies relating to the halibut fishery and formulates regulations and measures, which are submitted to the two governments (Canada and the United States of America). The IPHC has regulatory powers, and sets the total allowable catch of halibut in the Convention Area. The IPHC meets annually to review all regulatory proposals, including those made by the scientific staff and the subsidiary advisory bodies. Subsidiary bodies