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About Catch Shares

Catch share programs are a proven fishery management tool that allows flexibility and accountability in fisheries worldwide. In appropriate circumstances, catch share programs can play an essential role in meeting our national goal of rebuilding and sustaining our fishery resources. These programs can reduce the negative biological and economic effects experienced in fisheries where other fishery management tools (e.g., trip limits, days at sea limits, time and area closures) were previously used. The resources listed below provide a variety of information on catch share programs.

For additional information on catch shares, contact catchshares@noaa.gov.