Who are the users of Pacific halibut and how do they use it?

Responses to a stakeholder survey will help yield results for a first of its kind study that aims to characterize the economic contribution of the Pacific halibut fisheries to all regions.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) is the first regional group in the world to do such a study, saying that understanding the human dimension is part of its mandate for optimum management of the resource.

The survey assesses U.S. and Canada halibut users in commercial, sport charter, subsistence and processor sectors. It measures economic impacts from hook to dinner plate, employment and incomes, households’ prosperity and contributions to regional and national economies – known more broadly as multiplier effects.  Barbara Hutniczak is IPHC lead economist for the study –

“So per dollar of landed fish, how much of the economic activity is generated and how much this translates to wages, and  how much it translates to the GDP. The GDP encompasses effects on wages, but also effects on profits by the businesses that are supported by the commercial or recreational fisheries.”  

GDP is the Gross Domestic Product, a measure of the U.S. economy and its growth.

The IPHC survey also includes regional economic ripple effects and spillovers to other areas.

 “So for example, a vessel that is fishing in Alaska benefiting from the Alaska-based resource might in the wintertime be serviced in say, Washington State. So in this case, the economic effects will be also in Washington State because the marina where this vessel is serviced  will have additional activities.” 

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The confidential survey includes four main sections on vessel activities, revenue and quota use, labor information and vessel operating expenses.

Hutniczak says responses are accepted anytime and information will be constantly updated in reports and on a nifty visualization tool.

“I would like to encourage stakeholders to fill in the survey and provide the information that will benefit all the sectors and show the potential of each sector in terms of supporting the local communities and economies and various other aspects that can be highlighted through your responses.” 

Barbara.Hutniczak@iphc.int or 206-552-7693.

Commercial Vessel Expenditures Survey (Revised form)

Processing Plant Expenditures Survey (Revised form)

Charter Sector Expenditures Survey (New)

Pacific halibut economic impact visualization tool