[env-trinity] Bay- Citizen: Catch shares leave fishermen reeling

Sari Sommarstrom sari at sisqtel.net
Wed Mar 13 09:58:08 PDT 2013


 

From: David Zetland [mailto:dzetland at gmail.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 2:25 AM
Subject: Re: FW: [env-trinity] Bay- Citizen: Catch shares leave fishermen
reeling

 

Ouch.

Commented and will blog...

This article is indeed trying to create a "big bad capitalism" image with
repetition of "winners and losers." Everyone loses when a fishery collapses.

1) It's true that catch limits are sufficient to establish environmental
sustainability, but catch shares are a useful way to reduce "effort" (e.g.,
boats, men) such that the fishery is economically sustainable.

2) Small guys like Collins probably got excluded b/c shares were
grandfathered to the largest fisherman, and he was "too small" to
administer. (It's obvious that they could have given him 1 share worth
50*200lbs=10 tons along with everyone else, if only as a means of preventing
these claims, but what about the 100lb/week guy? And so on...)

3) The WHOLE POINT of catch shares (as well as catch limits) is to reduce
the number of boats and fishermen. Lost jobs = success in an industry that's
over capacity.

4) The attempt to link funding to results, even while admitting that lots of
"govt funded" studies support catch shares, is a fishing expedition that
makes the author look biased. Pity.

5) Thanks for writing this. I will blog it as an example of journalism that
pushes an agenda over policy analysis and misses the big picture of a
economically and environmentally sustainable outcome.

David at aguanomics

www.aguanomics.com

 

From: env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us
[mailto:env-trinity-bounces at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us] On Behalf Of Tom
Stokely
Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:12 AM
To: env-trinity at velocipede.dcn.davis.ca.us
Subject: [env-trinity] Bay- Citizen: Catch shares leave fishermen reeling

 

https://www.baycitizen.org/news/environment/system-turns-us-fishing-rights-i
nto-commodity-sque/ 

 


Catch shares leave fishermen reeling




San Francisco fisherman Larry Collins waits for a crabbing boat near
Fisherman's Wharf in January. Collins says catch shares are squeezing out
small fishing operations. "This system has given it all to the big guys," he
says.

Mike Kepka/San Francisco Chronicle




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