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
Spain
Jul 28, 03:10 (GMT + 9):
Jealsa has an eye on Brazil
United Kingdom
Jul 28, 02:40 (GMT + 9):
Shetland Catch records profit surge but turnover drop
Netherlands
Jul 28, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
ASC products becoming popular in Netherlands, Germany
Brazil
Jul 28, 00:50 (GMT + 9):
Cooperation agreement on fisheries-aquaculture sanitary extended
Mozambique
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - French-Mozambican company expands clam farming in Nacala, northern Mozambique
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Season Winds Down for Aleutian Herring Fleet
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Oyster harvesters see unloading fees increase at some Peninsula docks
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - After surviving a year of wild weather, nearly 30,000 oysters are moving out of the Inner Harbor
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - NASA funds study of changing climate, land use on Chesapeake and Delaware Bays
Japan
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Feces, poison found on Vietnam shishamo fish
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Louisiana shrimpers' catch is up in June compared to previous years
United States
Jul 26, 04:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Gulf shrimping season off to a 'good' start
United States
Jul 26, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Starboard sues Darden over records of Red Lobster sale
Iceland
Jul 26, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Icelandic Fisheries Minister: Quotas ‘based on science’
European Union
Jul 26, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Commission welcomes Council's agreement to improve how seas and coastal areas are used



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Relevant funding granted to the Scottish fishing sector
United Kingdom Scottish Inshore Fisheries Groups are to be allocated funding for research projects designed to improve and maintain their sustainable management measures.
Breakthrough in fighting EMS
Japan The Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Japan Science and Technology Agency have announced a breakthrough in the fight against early mortality syndrome.
More viable lobster licence reduction plan to be implemented
Canada Fisheries and Oceans Canada developed a new plan to allow Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia fishermen to hold more than one lobster licence and reduce the number of traps in the water.
Curaçao, Ghana and Korea given more time to take steps against illegal fishing
European Union The EC has given Curaçao, Ghana and Korea an extra six months to improve their efforts to fight illegal fishing, after they had been warned in November that they were not doing enough.
 
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
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