4E Halibut Program


halibut09redBBEDC manages the near-shore small boat halibut fishery in the southern portion of Area 4E east of Cape Newenham.

Participation in the fishery is limited to verified residents of BBEDC CDQ communities, which include Aleknagik, Clarks Point, Dillingham, Egegik, Ekuk, Ekwok, King Salmon, Levelock, Manokotak, Naknek, Pilot Point, Port Heiden, Portage Creek, South Naknek, Togiak, Twin Hills, and Ugashik.

Boats used in the fishery must also be owned by CDQ comunity residents, are limited to 32-feet or less in length, and in cases where the fisher does not own the boat to be used, both the fisher and boat owner must have current Affidavits of Residency on file with BBEDC.

ALL BBEDC halibut fishers will receive a Hobo Temperature Logger and are required to attach the device to the longline gear when setting their skates. Once the halibut season is over, fishers must return the Hobo Temperature Logger with their undersized halibut report and logbooks. This is part of an ongoing effort to monitor water temperature changes within the Bristol Bay region.

Area 4E CDQ halibut applications are available soon after the first of the year, and must be completed and returned to BBEDC by April 1. Copies of all licenses and other required paperwork must be provided to BBEDC prior to the opening of the  4E CDQ halibut season May 1. If you fished halibut in 2021 and/or 2022, you must provide copies of your logbooks in order to participate.

2023 4E Halibut Application Packet    2023 BBEDC Affidavit of Residency Form

BBEDC Regional Fisheries staff would like to remind you that copies of your logbooks, undersize halibut report and Hobo Temperature Logger are due at BBEDC no later than September 1, 2023.  If you did not fish halibut in 2021, please send the Hobo Temperature Logger before the September 1, 2023 deadline.  Failure to submit the required information by the deadline may result in the revocation of your privilege to fish halibut in 2024.  If you have already submitted the information for the current year, thank you!

For more information contact the Regional Fisheries Development office at 907-842-4370 or 1-800-478-4370.

BBEDC E-landings Training- Recorded

Fishers that missed the opportunity to attend the BBEDC e-landings training can watch the recorded session through the following link: