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GRANT NUMBER:  40ABNF900708          NMFS NUMBER: 97-SW-01

REPORT TITLE:  Determination of Viable Technical and Operational Solutions for Reduction of Economic Discards in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Lobster Fishery

AUTHOR: Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center

PUBLISH DATE:  October 2000

AVAILABLE FROM:  National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Islands Area Office, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, Hawaii 96814-4700.  TELEPHONE:  (808) 973-2937, ext. 205

ABSTRACT

This project 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.  

 
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