Market activity for halibut quota has remained steady through the end of the season. Late season ex-vessel prices stabilized at historically high levels. Sporadic sales have occurred across all areas at a wide range of prices. Speculation regarding next year’s TAC will result in some year-end activity but the market is likely to remain relatively quiet until 2022 harvest recommendations are put forth.
The market for sablefish quota continues to be slow but steady as we approach the end of the year. Weather has made the late season a challenge, but folks were rewarded by a slight increase in dock prices. Yet again, we approach the December council meeting with a significant amount of fish left in the water. The decision on the 2022 TAC will be the next factor to influence the IFQ market. As we’ve seen in recent years, prices will likely mitigate any changes to the TAC.