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Catch Share Programs Designed Right

April 9, 2013

From Anchorage Daily News:

“Catch-share programs certainly can benefit the long term viability of the resource. . . . but only if they are designed right and the long-term health of the resource, the community and genuine bycatch reduction measures are built in up front,” said Theresa Peterson of Kodiak, a spokeswoman for the Alaska Marine Conservation Council and a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s advisory panel.

Well put. Catch share programs and other rights-based management programs can be excellent tools for improving social well-being and ecosystem health, but they’ve got to be designed right. We’ve learned a lot about how to do just that.

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