Catch Shares

Catch share programs set a biologically based annual catch limit for fish stock and allocate a specific portion of that catch limit to entities, such as commercial fishermen, cooperatives or communities. With a secure share, commercial fishermen can be more selective about how and when they catch their allotment. If designed correctly, catch share programs help eliminate the race to fish, reduce overcapacity and bycatch, and improve economic efficiency.

Unfortunately, in fisheries where there is a large and growing recreational sector, exclusive fishing rights proposals maximize benefits to the commercial fishing industry while ignoring the participation and beneficial economic impacts of recreational fishing.
 
"Catch shares are obviously a major focus for this Administration, and we are concerned not only about the impact they have on recreational fisheries, but also at the pace with which they are being pushed into the management system. Catch shares are on a fast track and we don’t feel we have the luxury to ‘just say no’ – we’ve never chosen that option in any fisheries management crisis. We didn’t do that during the debate over marine protected areas or open-loop LNG terminals and we are not going to do it now. Catch shares are a real threat to the future of a number of recreational fisheries and they are not going to just go away anytime soon. We are going to stay very active on this issue to make sure recreational anglers are not left out of the debate…and out of the fishery."
 
Chester Brewer, Chairman
CCA National Government Relations Committee
 

Articles about Catch Shares

Red snapper crisis spawns new fish grab

Posted on April 12, 2013

States Vs. Feds – Not a Moment Too Soon

Posted on April 04, 2013

Perry Urges Gulf Council to abandon efforts to privatize fisheries

Posted on August 18, 2012

Why Fuglvog matters to America

Posted on August 04, 2011

Many in Alaska would like to believe the outlaw Arne Fuglvog -- an aide to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, this week exposed as a fish pirate -- is an aberration. Since statehood in 1959, residents have prided themselves on the management of complex, mixed-stock Alaska fisheries. 

Court rules against cities in fishing suit

Posted on July 01, 2011

NEW BEDFORD — A federal court judge has ruled firmly against New Bedford and Gloucester and in favor of NOAA in the contest over the legality of controversial catch shares and sector management of the Northeast fishery.

Latest scam by 'The Feds' does an end-around to law

Posted on June 04, 2011

I received a paper from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, penned by their talented scribe, Bob Wattendorf. He began it this way: "For my 32 years with the FWC, I have been one of those folks dealing with the stigma of 'I'm from the government, and I'm here to help you.'"

Boaters’ Help Sought

FIND also looking for lost manatee signs.
Posted on May 16, 2011

Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne pushed around everything that wasn’t securely anchored, including the bottom of the Intracoastal Waterway. 

Feds eye dropping all dockside fishing boat monitoring

Posted on May 11, 2011

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced today it was considering ending all dockside monitoring and using the money to help offset the operating costs for sectors, the fishing cooperatives into which nearly all New England groundfishing boats have organized under the catch share management system.

Giacalone takes catch share fight to Congress

Posted on March 08, 2011

A leader of New England's commercial fishing industry is expected to urge a congressional committee today to junk the Magnuson-Stevens Act's mandatory rebuilding timelines for overfished stocks.

Local Fishing Industry Reps Feel Their Trip To D.C. Was Successful

Local seafood industry representatives are back from a lobbying trip to Washington D.C. They’re biggest concerns have been the “catch-share” program and the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which establishes catch limits for fish.
Posted on March 03, 2011

Bay County - Charter Boat Captain Bob Zales II was back on the water Thursday, after spending the previous three days in Washington D.C.

Another Foolish Move By Congress

Posted on March 01, 2011

A new Government Accountability Office details billions in potential cuts Congress can make to the budget just by streamlining the federal government.

House amendment would cut NOAA spending on new catch share programs

Posted on February 20, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment early Saturday that would prevent NOAA from spending money to promote and institute new limited-access fishing programs such as catch shares on the East Coast, a development that commercial fishing advocates have labeled as "very significant."

Fisheries catch share program questioned

Posted on February 16, 2011

The search for balance between economic and environmental concerns intensified this week over catch limits from those in both commercial and recreational fishing industries.

BCI's Martin Named to Center for Coastal Conservation Board of Directors

Posted on January 11, 2011

Columbia, SC - The Center for Coastal Conservation has elected Jim Martin, Director of the Berkley Conservation Institute, to its board of directors.

NOAA chief: System not causing job loss

Posted on December 16, 2010

NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco Thursday issued a ringing defense of her and now the nation's catch share system, telling one of her and her policy's fiercest critics that catch shares are "merely a tool," not an outcome, and are thus "not the cause" of lost fishing industry jobs.

Suit cites NOAA sham in catch share scheme

Posted on November 28, 2010

Gloucester's and others' legal challenge to the Obama administration's management system for the New England groundfishery — a challenge to the government's interpretation of the Magnuson-Stevens Act — has come into sharper focus through a flurry of filings in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Editorial: NOAA's fish allocation cut cries out anew for drastic reforms

Posted on September 02, 2010

The abrupt and seemingly arbitrary move by NOAA's regional fisheries administrator Patricia Kurkul to cut allocations in half for Gloucester's and New England's so-called "common pool" fishermen can be filed under the heading of "inevitable."

NOAA cuts 'common pool' limits in half

Posted on September 01, 2010

The federal government has abruptly cut by 50 percent the fishing opportunities for the small number of groundfishing permitholders who are not part of the new "catch share" system, and are fishing out of the so-called common pool.

NOAA backtracks; Gloucester landings up

Data corrected for first months of catch share system
Posted on August 20, 2010

Commercial landings data for the first three months of the fishing season from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was somewhat confused, leading to the widespread, incorrect conclusion that landings in Portland, Maine, were booming while landings in Gloucester were falling.

Fishermen fearing new US regulations

Posted on May 02, 2010

New fishing regulations designed to revive New England’s once plentiful cod and flounder populations went into effect yesterday, but many fishermen greeted the extensive overhaul with a mixture of skepticism and resignation, saying it will essentially force them and related shore-line industries out of business

Don't delay new fishing rules

Posted on April 25, 2010

TRADITIONAL NEW England groundfish like cod, pollock, and flounder could get a new lease on life as the region’s fishermen switch to an innovative way of divvying up the catch on Saturday. 

Anglers Cautiously Optimistic After Recreational Fishing Summit

CCA participants hope to see results after meeting with NOAA Fisheries
Posted on April 21, 2010

Outdoorsmen were out in force at the nation’s capital last week as two events in Washington DC were dedicated to how this country manages its wild and natural resources.

Fed reps target faulty science on catch limits

Lawmakers say bureaucracy, bad science, behind problems with catch-share system
Posted on April 05, 2010

The emergency economic opportunity program for New England commercial fishing industry sent to the Obama administration by seven members of Congress asks for common sense executive action to break through bureaucratic knots and dubious science that are causing what was described as unnecessary job loss within the fishing industry.

Fish allocations seen opening door to lawsuit

Posted on April 01, 2010

The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the legality and fairness of the 2009 New England Fishery Management Council votes that created an unlevel playing field in the allocation of fishermen's catch shares.

Congressional panel wades into 'catch share' debate

Posted on March 11, 2010

A congressional subcommittee has called for the first public airing before federal lawmakers of the Obama administration's nationwide push for the kind of "catch share" fisheries management that's due for a May 1 launch in New England.

Scientist calls for catch share moratorium

'System may not be economically viable,' leading research biologist tells industry officials
Posted on February 18, 2010

Brian Rothschild, a nationally influential research biologist revered in most New England's ports, has proposed a one-year moratorium in the regional imposition of catch shares, a re-engineering of the fishing industry that is to start May 1 when cooperatives will begin working off allocations.

Sending out an SOS — New movement divides fishermen

Posted on February 03, 2010

Out of frustration, some area captains signed on as supporters of a Save Our Sector plan. Now they are having second thoughts.

Some fishermen decry sectors as management tool

Posted on December 22, 2009

CAPE COD—Like Captain Kirk and his Star Trek crew, Cape Cod fishermen are going, as of May 1, where no man has gone before – into the murky waters of sectors as a fishing management tool.

CCA Hails Breakthrough on Catch Share Management

Congress directs fisheries managers to address impacts to recreational angling
Posted on December 18, 2009

Coastal Conservation Association applauds the U.S. Congress for recognizing the need to address impacts to recreational angling as a result of the U.S. Catch Share Policy.

NOAA to reform commercial fishing with 'catch shares'

DRAFT POLICY: Feds giving public four months to comment.
Posted on December 12, 2009

The federal government will push to expand a concept that gives commercial fishermen a guaranteed share of the overall catch as a tool for restoring depleted stocks in U.S. fisheries.

NOAA to reform commercial fishing with 'catch shares'

DRAFT POLICY: Feds giving public four months to comment.
Posted on December 12, 2009

The federal government will push to expand a concept that gives commercial fishermen a guaranteed share of the overall catch as a tool for restoring depleted stocks in U.S. fisheries.

Feds hope strategy boosts Gulf fishing

‘Catch shares’ meant to help commercial fishermen net a profit safely while also restoring depleted species
Posted on December 11, 2009

The federal government will push for the expansion of a controversial concept that gives commercial fishermen a guaranteed share of the overall catch as a tool for restoring depleted stocks in the Gulf of Mexico and other fisheries.

NOAA Proposal Aims to Spur Cap-And-Trade Management of Fisheries

Posted on December 10, 2009

The Obama administration proposed a national fisheries policy today that promotes the use of new cap-and-trade management schemes for federal fisheries.

NOAA Proposal Aims to Spur Cap-And-Trade Management of Fisheries

Posted on December 10, 2009

The Obama administration proposed a national fisheries policy today that promotes the use of new cap-and-trade management schemes for federal fisheries.

Catch share debate heats up nationally

Posted on December 02, 2009

The fully national debate over fishermen's catch shares is about to begin in earnest.

Pew: Go slow on catch shares

Stand shows split between enviro groups
Posted on November 04, 2009

The Pew Environment Group yesterday urged the Obama administration to "go slow" on fishermen's catch shares, the economic system of fisheries management pushed by the Environmental Defense Fund and Jane Lubchenco, its former vice chairman, now the national administrator for fisheries.

Catch Share Caveats

Posted on November 01, 2009

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