Collaborative Letter on Reallocation in the Catch Share Policy
The final catch share policy should provide for reallocations and inter-sector trading that would, consistent with the requirements of the MSA, promote conservation and accountability. As proposed, the draft catch share policy was silent as to whether the Councils should consider out-of-date underlying allocations between sectors during the development phase of a new catch share plan. In short, the policy as proposed ignored the elephant in the room on inter-sector adjustments and left private anglers with little enthusiasm for supporting the implementation of new catch share plans.
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