New fish system on deck

A new “catch share” program is adopted by the West Coast groundfish fleet.

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The “catch share” system being adopted by the West Coast groundfish fleet is designed to help fishermen focus on quality and efficiency.

They are now embarking, after years of work and negotiation, on the latest system in fisheries management, known as “catch share.” Fishermen are given their own individual shares of the total catch, personal responsibility for not catching overfished species, and a promise of better prices for the fish they do haul up.

“In the short term it might hurt people. In the long term I think it’s the way to go,” said Todd Whaley, 46, part-owner and skipper of the Miss Sarah, a 102-foot trawler that he rigs for groundfish, Pacific whiting, and crab, depending on the market.

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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