Trawl rationalization, also known as the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program, was enacted in January 2011. Under this program, the total allowable catch in the fishery is divided into shares controlled by individual fishermen. These shares, which represent the number of pounds available to catch, can be caught at any time throughout the year.
As part of the catch share program, the observer program training highlights the differences between the catch share and non-catch share sectors. Catch share observers are trained to follow the new regulations governing the tracking of quotas and retention of fish.
Catch Share observers are deployed on:
Non-Catch Share observers are deployed in fisheries/sectors:
For more information, see the NOAA's West Coast Regional Office Catch Share Website.