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GRANT NUMBER:  NA96FD0301          NMFS NUMBER:  99-SWR-050

REPORT TITLE:  Economic Assessment of the Domestic Fisheries Development Potential of the Northern Mariana Islands

AUTHOR:  Scott A. Miller

PUBLISH DATE: August 5, 1995

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

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ABSTRACT

Locally based pelagic fisheries in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands have not developed to fully utilize the 200-mile EEZ, nor have they achieved harvest levels of formerly operating foreign fleets. This assessment provides the results of economic research focused on determining why domestic pelagic fisheries have not developed. The study utilizes an intercept interview methodology to obtain input from fishermen and assess profitability of the existing fisher. Investigative research is used to assess whether labor conditions, markets, infrastructure, regulations, and the availability of finance are constraining development. Conclusions are made on the potential for expansion within the existing fishery as well as on the potential for development of larger-scale pelagic fisheries.

 
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