NMFS NUMBER: 97-SW-01
Determination of Viable Technical and Operational Solutions
for Reduction of Economic Discards in the Northwestern
Hawaiian Islands Lobster Fishery
Aquaculture Innovation Center
Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Area Office,
1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, Hawaii
96814-4700. TELEPHONE: (808) 973-2937, ext.
examined discards in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands (NWHI)
lobster fishery. Discards are those lobsters not retained
by fishermen for economic or regulatory reasons. The analysis
of discards in the fishery required the investigation
of a variety of ancillary issues pertaining to the management
and conservation of the NWHI lobster resource. These included
the seasonality of the target species, a review of previous
research on possible causes and estimates of discard mortality,
a survey of the economics associated with the primary
producers in the fishery, a census of key stakeholders'
views on the management of the fishery, and the possible
application of an individual transferable quota system
to the fishery.