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Catch Shares Resources
Catch share programs can take a wide variety of forms depending on the needs and goals of the fishing communities, fishery managers and other stakeholders in each fishery. When developing a new program, stakeholders must consider a broad range of questions, including:
- Who can participate?
- How are allocations decided among participants?
- Can shares be sold or transferred?
- What are the obligations of each shareholder?
- How are the criteria for these obligations enforced if they are not met?
- What are the social and economic impacts of the change in management?
- What are the costs to implement and sustain the management changes initially and over time?
- How will quota be tracked?
The list of considerations can get quite long! The resources below are intended to address the more technical aspects of transitioning from one approach in fishery management to managing under a catch share program. These resources include:
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Catch Share Bibliography: Research papers and references on catch share programs, their impacts on fishing communities, and the ecological components of fisheries
- Designing a Program: Technical information and resources
- Regional Information: Resources from regions and the regional fishery management councils
Each fishery will have its own unique characteristics that must be considered when deciding whether to implement a catch share program to change over to a different approach to management. Hopefully, these resources are a helpful source of information on how many potential concerns and issues have been successfully addressed in existing programs, and provide an understanding of what is needed to develop and implement new programs.