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Bob Alverson Reappointed to International Pacific Halibut Commission

On the eve of the expiration of his interim appointment, Bob Alverson from the Fishing Vessel Owners' Association was re-appointed on August 31st as Commisioner of the International Halibut Commission.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is an International Fisheries Organization, having United States and Canada as its members, responsible for the management of stocks of Pacific halibut or Hippoglossus stenolepis within the Pacific waters of its member states. It was founded in 1923 by an international treaty. The original treaty has been revised three times (1953,1976,1979). The 1979 amendment clarified the role of the IPHC in the management of the fishery through the North Pacific Halibut Act of 1982.

The reappointment was made by President Trump's administration after he and other former and would-be appointees were careful vetted by by the U.S. Secretary of State. 


Alverson will continue to apply his wealth of experience with commercial halibut fisheries and the IPHC process and according to his appointment letter he is regarded as a "tremendous asset towards ensuring healthy North Pacific halibut stocks are maintained for the benefit of the American people." 

Alverson's new appointment comes at a hugely important time as stakeholders grow increasingly concerned about the changing nature of an already beleaguered Halibut fishery. 


James Johnson