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Catch Shares Design & Evaluation

Catch shares have been in place in the United States since 1990. The links below include information on considerations for designing a catch share management program. In addition, NOAA uses various tools to track progress of the development of catch share programs by the regional fishery management councils and measure the economic changes that can occur in all fisheries, including those managed under catch share programs. Evaluations of specific aspects of catch share programs have also been done by the GAO. These reports can be found through the links below.