Catch Shares in Mid Atlantic Fisheries
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council during their June Meeting agreed that it would undertake a “visioning process” prior to considering catch shares in the squid fisheries, or in any other MAFMC fishery. The “visioning process” will create a sub-committee to look at FMPs and engage stakeholders about the problems and successes they see in MAFMC-managed fisheries. This visioning process was an outcome of the Council’s March 16-18 Catch Share Workshop but addresses much more general goals to reach out to stakeholders, develop a vision of what successful fisheries look like, and plan how to get there. GSSA staff and industry members provided written comments in opposition of catch shares in these fisheries and will continue to play an active role in the “visioning process”.