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Re: “New Rules Threaten Small Fishermen

It's important to remember that this fishery has been in a nosedive for years and, at this point, there are no easy answers. If we stuck with the old system everyone would be driven out of business except for a few big operators because, unlike the new system, there are zero controls over consolidation.

The new system isn't perfect but it's the best option out there by far. It will take careful tweaking over the next few years to keep it on track, but the good news is that this system allows for that. And the track record of this system (catch shares) is very good around the world.

Again, it's not a silver bullet - nothing is - but catch shares have typically stabilized or grown fish populations, made fishing a lot safer and generated more income for fishermen.

Compared to conventional fishing management, catch share systems almost always prove to be enormous improvements. In the vast majority of areas where catch shares have been introduced, virtually no fishermen advocate going back to the old system.

And catch shares are flexible. Elements can be added to reflect the needs and values of fishermen and fishing communities. You can learn more about catch share design at http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=57607

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Posted by wreckfish on 01/27/2011 at 12:29 PM

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