MAFAC Meeting April
Report of the Fisheries Overcapacity Subcommittee
At the October 1999 meeting, MAFAC passed a resolution "recommending
that it provide input and advice to NMFS in its preparation
of the comprehensive implementation plan at the development
stage addressing the recommendations of the Investment Task
Force report and other capacity-related measures."
The ad hoc Fisheries Overcapacity Subcommittee of the MAFAC
met from 1:45 to approximately 3:15 on Tuesday, April 19,
2000, and discussed how it can most effectively contribute
to the comprehensive implementation plan. Several issue areas
were identified that we recommend be explicitly addressed
in the plan:
- What is the policy underpinning of the capacity reduction
- What are the goals and objectives for capacity reduction?
How will the goal of a reduction of overcapacity in 15
percent of overcapitalized fisheries be carried out?
- How will the government identify and reduce its own
role in contributing to overcapacity?
- How will capacity management be made a routine component
of science-based fishery management? New FMPs should
consider capacity limits up front.
- How will the incentives that lead to overcapacity be
addressed and/or remedied?
- How will spill-over effects of capacity reduction be
- How can issues of responsibility and compensation be
brought into the discussion?
- How can questions of fishing diversification and flexibility
- What are some alternatives (e.g., non-vessel) ways
to define capacity? For example, conld capacity be defined
by ports or regions?
- How will links between management programs (e.g., permit
systems) and capacity increases be made?
- What public education on capacity and capacity reduction
will be conducted?
We reconmend that these questions be included in the chair's
report to Dr. Baker and that he be asked to seek a response
from the agency before MAFAC's next meeting, if not sooner.
Susan Hanna, subcommittee chair
NOAA Fisheries Response