By Don Ehrlich :: March 9, 2017
The International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) has approved the 2017 Halibut season from March 11 – November 7, 2017 for the U.S. and Canadian Individual Quota fisheries with the quota for 2017 set at 31.4 million pounds. Set to open on Saturday, the Pacific Halibut Fishery will not suffer any delays to the eight month season, announced U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK). Expected delays were due to a 60-day freeze on new and pending regulations imposed by President Donald J. Trump but won’t affect Alaskan halibut fishermen. This is thanks in large part to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who expedited the paperwork needed to open the season on time.
Fishing boats deliver halibut direct to the fish plants in many locations throughout Alaska and Canadian British Columbia, with Area 2C in the central Gulf of Alaska having the largest share of the commercial quota of 8.11 million pounds. Most of the fish is shipped fresh from Alaska via air, truck, and ocean. Commodity Forwarders, Inc. handles mostly the air portion from our Anchorage, AK facility, whereas our Seattle, WA facility handles truck and ocean.
Commodity Forwarders, Inc. offers a complete cool chain with climate control, monitoring sensors, and absolute visibility for the entire chain of custody. This includes a full quality control (QC) audit once we receive the product with temperatures, quality and pictures of each inbound order and with full inventory control for distribution. When the product leaves our facility we check temperature again to ensure freshness and reinforce our continued commitment to quality with our web access and remote printing of all documents.