Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


The whiting fleet saw revenues swell (Photo: NOAA)

Catch shares resulting in higher revenues for West Coast fishers

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 03:10 (GMT + 9)

Revenues and efficiency have climbed substantially over the last year for West Coast commercial fishers trawling for whiting and other valuable groundfish under the catch shares programme, according to preliminary data from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).

Gross revenues rose in 2011 compared to the five-year average for the West Coast groundfish fleet.

In the non-whiting fleet, revenue per vessel grew 34 per cent from an average of USD 216,000 to USD 289,000. October and December were particularly profitable, with revenues about double the five-year average.

The whiting fleet saw revenues swell even more -- from about USD 273,000 on average to USD 775,000.

“We are very encouraged to see fishermen earning more for their catch and having more control over how they run their businesses under this new programme,” said Sam Rauch, acting National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) assistant administrator for the NMFS. “Well-designed catch share programmes can sustain fishermen, maintain and rebuild fisheries, and support fishing communities and vibrant working waterfronts.”
 
The Pacific groundfish fleet changed to the new catch shares system last year and gives individual fishers more control by assigning them exclusive shares of a fleet-wide quota and letting them design their own fishing operations. Previously, fishers competed to catch fish as fast as possible – often during bad weather or unfavourable market conditions – before an overall quota was reached and the fishery was closed.

Now, they can fish in safer weather, at more profitable times and more sustainably without as much pressure, NOAA explains.

Fishers’ choices about when and how to fish have led to greater catches of more target species and fewer of the fish they are trying to avoid.

“That shift in discards means greater fishing efficiency, more money for fishermen and fewer unwanted fish thrown back dead into the water,” said Will Stelle, head of the NOAA Fisheries’ Northwest Regional Office in Seattle.
 
Lower catches of unwanted species are also positive for vulnerable fish stocks. Of almost all of the eight categories of rebuilding stocks, fishers in the non-whiting fleet have slashed their catch; that of darkblotched rockfish fell from more than 287 tonnes in 2010 to fewer than 90 last year. 

The catch shares system also means the commercial fleet has full-time, trained observers on board all vessels to register the size, species makeup and location of harvests. Greater monitoring gives scientists and managers more confidence that the catch limits allow for the most opportunities for fishing while maintaining sustainable fish populations.

For the first two years, costs for the observers in the Pacific groundfish fleet will be paid mainly by the government; the fleet will pay an increasing percentage of the costs in coming years.
 
The NMFS’s Northwest Region together with the Pacific Fishery Management Council manages commercial groundfish and salmon harvests in federal waters off California, Oregon and Washington.

Related articles:

-
Governor requests disaster assistance for Massachusetts fishers
-
Consumer advocacy group asks Congress to fight catch shares

By Natalia Real
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com

Photo Courtesy of FIS Member  NOAA/NMFSborrar
 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Canada
Oct 31, 04:00 (GMT + 9):
Lobster fishermen will not vote next season
Spain
Oct 31, 03:20 (GMT + 9):
Canning association grants cooperation to Brazil
United Kingdom
Oct 31, 02:40 (GMT + 9):
Seafish launches guide on new EU seafood consumer legislation
Canada
Oct 31, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Neptune Receives TSX Approval For Normal Course Issuer Bid
United States
Oct 31, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Despite good wages, lobster processing is a hard sell
Norway
Oct 31, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Mitsubishi gets 92 pct of Norway's Cermaq in bid
Iceland
Oct 31, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Total value of catch decreased by 13.1%
United Kingdom
Oct 31, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Scottish mackerel splashed across Japan
United States
Oct 31, 02:10 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Down East aquaculture research institute gets USD 2 million grant
India
Oct 31, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Nabard rolls out INR 100 000 000 scheme for fish farming
New Zealand
Oct 31, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Pledge signed to protect threatened NZ bird
United States
Oct 31, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Scientists call for second straight season without shrimp fishing
Australia
Oct 31, 01:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - The latest on the status of Australia’s fisheries
Brazil
Oct 31, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
885 areas to be granted for marine aquaculture in Sergipe
Iceland
Oct 31, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Icelandic Cod fishery re-certified to IRFM Standard



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
FDA investigation reveals limited seafood mislabeling, NFI highlights
United States The FDA has released the results of a two year investigation into seafood labeling that found 85 per cent of the seafood it tested was properly labeled.
Research detects antibiotics traces in commercial seafood
United States Two scientists have carried out a new study to examine the persistence of antibiotics in seafood raised by aquaculture and have found traces of five of them in commercial species purchased in the country.
Bumble Bee Foods’ lawsuit sent to Superior Court
United States A class-action suit filed in 2012 accusing Bumble Bee Foods of mislabeling tuna and related products was not dismissed at federal court but the lawsuit was remanded to Superior Court.
John West denies Greenpeace’s accusations
United Kingdom The canning firm John West group denies the fishing boat recently broadcast in a video by Greenpeace to show the firm’s alleged unsustainable practices belongs to them or their parent company, MW Brands.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER