Mid-Atlantic Catch Shares Workshop

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council in cooperation with Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) hosted an educational workshop in March 2010 on catch shares.

The workshop was educational in nature and intended to provide managers with a broad spectrum of fishery management system that share a common approach: allocation a portion of a scientifically determined catch limit to a discrete set of users. The workshop provided Mid-Atlantic fishery managers with access to a wide variety of expertise from around the United States and abroad. Workshop attendees heard from practitioners involved in the development and/or implementation of catch share programs.

Individuals representing the commercial and recreational fishing sectors, government agencies, Council staff and the private sector from around the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to participate in interactive panels and plenary sessions with Mid-Atlantic council members and staff, ASMFC commissions and NMFS leadership. The experts shared their first hand knowledge of the lessons learned including the real and potential costs, benefits, pitfalls and best practices.