The start date of the commercial halibut season varies depending on location. The 2015 start date for Alaska and British Columbia is March 14 at 1200 hours local time.
The International Pacific Halibut Commission is the organization responsible for setting start and end dates for the commercial halibut season. Established in 1923, the IPHC is a cooperative effort between Canada and the United States. It aims to maintain the stock of halibut available in the shared waters around both countries. In addition to controlling the season duration, the IPHC also sets the total amount of weight allowed to be caught.
The amount of halibut companies can catch varies widely from area to area. Alaska has a total catch limit of 17,934,000 pounds while the British Columbia 2B area has a total limit of only 5,914,450 pounds.