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Transparency tops among recommended changes to IPHC

Plot of Weight vs. Length for Pacific halibut,...
Plot of Weight vs. Length for Pacific halibut, based on data published by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) in 2003. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

May 10, 2012 - 06:05 PM AKST


A consulting firm recommended sweeping changes centered on improving transparency and increasing stakeholder participation after completing a performance review of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Concur Inc. submitted its review April 30, and conducted a webinar May 7 presenting its findings with 12 recommendations to bring one of the world’s oldest and most well-respected fisheries management bodies in line with the best practices of today.

The IPHC was established by a treaty between the U.S. and Canada in 1923 and manages the Pacific halibut stock through survey assessments, modeling and harvest strategy — and it has largely been successful at achieving sustainability, Concur found.

However, the IPHC process has been....