|HANA Halibut Association of North America PO Box 872 Deming, WA 98244 360.592.3116|
HANA members produce high-quality halibutfresh, frozen, value-added, standardized forms or custom processedto markets around the world. HANA works closely with regulatory agencies and marketing organizations to:
HANA is active in the regulatory processes of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. In 2001 HANA founded the Processors Advisory Group (PAG), one of two advisory councils to the IPHC.
William J. Kelliher Award for Excellence
In 1999, HANA established an award for excellence to honor exceptional contributions to the industry. The award was named for William J. Kelliher, a founding member of HANA and leader in calling for sustainable management of the fishery. HANA has awarded the William J. Kelliher Memorial Award for Excellence five times:
Dr. Stephen Kaimmer of the IPHC was HANAs first recipient of the William J. Kelliher Award for Excellence for his work researching the occurrence, causes, and effects of a condition known as chalky halibut. Rarely seen at the consumer level, chalky halibut flesh has a soft, chalky appearance rather than the firm, opaque look were used to. It is a condition that affects the texture and moisture content of the fish, but not the flavor or nutritive content. It is thought to be directly related to a build up of lactic acid just prior to capture. In live fish, the condition is reversible, requiring a few days of rest before harvest. Learn more about chalky halibut here.