Pew Environment Group to Host Briefing on Catch Shares

Date: November 3, 2009

Conference Call
901 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20004


On Tuesday, November 3, at 12 p.m. EST, the Pew Environment Group (PEG) will lead a background press briefing to discuss “catch shares,” one means for managing how annual catch limits of fish are allocated among fishermen.

Listen to an audio recording (MP3) of this press call.

In the coming weeks, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Catch Shares Task Force will issue recommendations to guide fishery managers as they explore development of these types of management programs for federal ocean fisheries under their jurisdiction.

Tuesday’s call will focus on PEG’s new catch shares white paper, which gives detailed background on these programs and how they are viewed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, along with a few case studies that highlight how this tool can create problems or be successful depending on how it is designed and implemented.  Community-based commercial fishermen and recreational fishermen will share their experiences with and perspectives on these programs.

Background press briefing to discuss the PEG’s new policy paper on catch shares and case studies

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 12 p.m. EST

Lee Crockett – director of Federal Fisheries Policy at the Pew Environment Group (moderator)
Mr. Crockett will discuss the PEG white paper.

Paul Parker
– director of the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust
Mr. Parker will discuss Cape Cod hook fishermen’s successful sector management.

Linda Behnken
– executive director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association
Ms. Behnken will discuss examples of well designed and problematic programs in Alaska.

Zeke Grader
– executive director of the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Association
Mr. Grader will discuss the concerns that small scale community fishermen have with catch shares.

Dick Brame – executive coordinator for the Coastal Conservation Association’s Atlantic States Fisheries Committee
Mr. Brame will discuss the concerns that recreational fishermen have with catch shares

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