Northwest Fisheries Science Center

Pacific Coast groundfish trawl fishery social study

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries implemented a new management system in the West Coast Groundfish Fishery in January 2011. The new system is a catch shares program. These types of management programs are known to have impacts on the individuals in the fishery. As a result, this research aims to collect socio-cultural data over time. This will allow the measurement and description of any changes and impacts the new catch shares system has had on the participants of the fishery or the local and correlated fishing communities. A baseline data collection effort was conducted in 2010, prior to the implementation of the program. A second round of data collection was conducted in 2012. Additional data collection will be sought in the future. Data will be reported for each individual year as well as in comparison across years.