“We’re all in this together”
This video illustrates the importance of the upcoming quota management decision.
A recent study in the journal Science reveals the benefits of a catch-share quota system in preserving the health of the seafood industry.
November 2008: Pacific Fishery Management Council Reaches Decision on a Preferred Alternative for an Individual Quota System for Shore-side Whiting and Non-Whiting
Coalition Support Critical to Success
The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted in November on a shared market approach to an individual quota system for shore-side whiting, allocating 20 percent to processors and 80 percent to harvesters. The decision is critical to ensuring industry stability, preserving jobs and encouraging the most responsible use of the natural resource. The Council’s vote reflects a compromise that emerged over years of debate and analysis, and helps position the industry for a healthy and sustainable future.
In this same vote, however, the Pacific Fishery Management Council denied allocation of any quota to processors for shore-side non-whiting (groundfish), opting for 90 percent allocation to harvesters and 10 percent to be used under a loosely defined “adaptive management” program . This portion of the decision to exclude processors entirely puts the entire seafood industry at risk and will have a far-reaching impact on preserving the economic viability of coastal communities and jobs.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council will continue to discuss the individual quota management system and adaptive management program at upcoming council meetings. We urge you to continue to reach out to Council members and let your voice be heard and to ensure a system that will be beneficial to all of the industry's stakeholders-processors, harvesters and coastal communities.
Areas of Interest
- Situation; November 2008: Pacific Fishery Management Council Reaches Decision on a Preferred Alternative for an Individual Quota System for Shore-side Whiting and Non-Whiting
- The Problem; Current Permit System is a monopoly and a race for fish
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