IPHC ECONOMIC SURVEY - summary of results

Prepared by: IPHC Secretariat (B. Hutniczak; last update on April 21, 2021)


This app summarizes the current state of responses to the series of IPHC economic surveys available:

  • for commercial vessel owners - here ;
  • for charter business owners - here ;
  • for processing plant operators - here .

The estimates are intended for the development of the Pacific Halibut Multiregional Economic Impact Assessment (PHMEIA) model. The purpose of the model is to demonstrate the importance of the Pacific halibut resource to the economy of Canada and the United States.

At this stage, the estimates are based on a very limited sample and should not be considered reflective of the whole indicated sector. The intention of sharing this app at this time is to only demonstrate the potential of the survey to provide a comparison of a broad set of economic statistics across regions and years.

To learn more about the IPHC economic study and the PHMEIA model, please visit our website .

Details about deriving the estimates are available in the supplementary document with the methodological annex. Click here to get the PDF.

Questions and comments can be directed to Barbara Hutniczak, Fisheries Economist, Fisheries Policy & Economics Branch, International Pacific Halibut Commission, at Barbara.Hutniczak@iphc.int or via phone: 206-552-7693.


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Commercial sector

Charter sector

Revenue/cost results for the commercial sector - Alaska

Comparison of revenue and cost (profitability)

Allocation of expenditures between regions


Notes: Revenue PH indicates revenue from landing Pacific halibut, while Revenue OTH revenue from other species caught during fishing trips targeting Pacific halibut. Vessel operating costs include Item 1: Fuel and lubricants; Item 2: Vessel, engine, gear; Item 3: Food, supplies, ice; Item 4: Bait; Item 5: Management and license fees; Item 6: Monitoring services; Item 7: Vessel insurance; Item 8: Interest payments; Item 9: Purchase or lease of quota; Item 10: Other expenditures.

Notes: Revenue PH indicates revenue from landing Pacific halibut, while Revenue OTH revenue from other species caught during fishing trips targeting Pacific halibut. Vessel operating costs include Item 1: Fuel and lubricants; Item 2: Vessel, engine, gear; Item 3: Food, supplies, ice; Item 4: Bait; Item 5: Management and license fees; Item 6: Monitoring services; Item 7: Vessel insurance; Item 8: Interest payments; Item 9: Purchase or lease of quota; Item 10: Other expenditures. pXXs indicate percentage allocations of expenditures between regions where XX indicates the region (AK-Alaska, WC-US West Coast, RUS-rest of the United States, BC-British Columbia, ROC-rest of Canada, ROW-rest of the world).

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Notes: n indicates the number of observations based on which the statistic was calculated; Average in USD and Total in mil. USD; SE indicates the standard error for the calculated average, s indicates the share of harvest within the given strata covered by the survey (responses regarding the given variable); pXXs indicate percentage allocations of expenditures between regions, where XX indicates the region (AK-Alaska, WC-US West Coast, RUS-rest of the United States, BC-British Columbia, ROC-rest of Canada, ROW-rest of the world). Details about deriving the estimates are available in the supplementary document with the methodological annex available here .

Revenue/cost results for the commercial sector - British Columbia

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Revenue/cost results for the commercial sector - US West Coast

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Other activities in the commercial sector

The figures below demonstrate participation in other fisheries, as well as non-fishing related activities, by vessels participating in the survey. Results are given by region (AK-Alaska, BC-British Columbia, WC-US West Coast) and year.

AK 2020

BC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

AK 2019

BC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Revenue/cost results for the charter sector - Alaska

Comparison of revenue and cost (profitability)

Allocation of expenditures between regions


Notes: 'Revenue - fishing' indicates gross revenue (sales or turnover, as the value before tax) generated from saltwater fishing trips, while 'Revenue - other' revenue from other activities (e.g. whale watching tours, leisure cruises, freshwater fishing trips, lodging or booking fees). 'Operator cost' indicates payments to vessel operators or guides, 'Crew cost' indicates payments to on-board crew members, and 'Onshore cost' indicates payments to on-shore employees. Vessel operating costs include Item 1: Vessel fuel; Item 2: Fish handling; Item 3: Broker or agent fees; Item 4: Trip supplies; Item 5: Bait; Item 6: Repair and maintenance; Item 7: Haulout and slip expenses; Item 8: Services; Item 9: Government-mandated fees; Item 10: Other overhead expenses; Item 11: Mobile capital; Item 12: Buildings, land and other real estate.

Notes: 'Revenue - fishing' indicates gross revenue (sales or turnover, as the value before tax) generated from saltwater fishing trips, while 'Revenue - other' revenue from other activities (e.g. whale watching tours, leisure cruises, freshwater fishing trips, lodging or booking fees). 'Operator cost' indicates payments to vessel operators or guides, 'Crew cost' indicates payments to on-board crew members, and 'Onshore cost' indicates payments to on-shore employees. Vessel operating costs include Item 1: Vessel fuel; Item 2: Fish handling; Item 3: Broker or agent fees; Item 4: Trip supplies; Item 5: Bait; Item 6: Repair and maintenance; Item 7: Haulout and slip expenses; Item 8: Services; Item 9: Government-mandated fees; Item 10: Other overhead expenses; Item 11: Mobile capital; Item 12: Buildings, land and other real estate. pXXs indicate percentage allocations of expenditures between regions where XX indicates the region (AK-Alaska, WC-US West Coast, RUS-rest of the United States, BC-British Columbia, ROC-rest of Canada, ROW-rest of the world).

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Notes: n indicates the number of observations based on which the statistic was calculated; Average in USD and Total in mil. USD; SE indicates the standard error for the calculated average, s indicates the share of vessels within the given strata covered by the survey (responses regarding the given variable) - note that a single business may operate more than one vessel; pXXs indicate percentage allocations of expenditures between regions, where XX indicates the region (AK-Alaska, WC-US West Coast, RUS-rest of the United States, BC-British Columbia, ROC-rest of Canada, ROW-rest of the world). Details about deriving the estimates are available in the supplementary document with the methodological annex available here .

Revenue/cost results for the charter sector - British Columbia

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Revenue/cost results for the charter sector - US West Coast

No sufficient number of responses to display results*


*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Pacific halibut importance to the business

The figures demonstrate two measures of the importance of Pacific halibut to the charter sector. Measure 1: Exposure to Pacific halibut indicates what percentage of the total revenue from saltwater fishing trips (sales or turnover) was attributed the trips that included Pacific halibut as at least one of the target species. This should have been assessed based on what was offered to the customers at the time they decided to participate in the fishing trip, not what was decided on the spot depending on e.g., sea conditions or guide's insight based on previous trips. Measure 2: Reliance on Pacific halibut is an assessment of the importance of the Pacific halibut resource to the viability of the surveyed business. It should have been estimated as a percentage of the total revenue from saltwater fishing trips (sales or turnover, not profit) the business thinks would be forgone if Pacific halibut was not available. Results are given by region (AK-Alaska, BC-British Columbia, WC-US West Coast) and year.

AK 2020

BC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

AK 2019

BC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Charter fishing participation

The figures demonstrate the distribution of the saltwater fishing clients by their residency (in % of angler-days), indicating the use of all vessels operated charter businesses in the selected fishing season and region (AK-Alaska, BC-British Columbia, WC-US West Coast).

AK 2020

BC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

AK 2019

BC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.

Alternative activities considered by the charter sector

The figures demonstrate alternative activities that would be considered by Pacific halibut charter business owners if recreational Pacific halibut fishing was not an option available the business. Results are given by region (AK-Alaska, BC-British Columbia, WC-US West Coast).

AK 2020

BC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2020

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

AK 2019

BC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

WC 2019

No sufficient number of responses to display results*

*To preserve confidentiality, the app utilizes a minimum response threshold of 3. If the threshold is not reached, no results are displayed. The responses under the threshold, however, are utilized in the calculation of the aggregates.