Introduce catch shares
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Catch shares are a type of fisheries management system whereby a secure share of targeted species or fishing area is given to individual fishermen, communities or fisheries associations (Costello et al. 2008). This normally involves the division of allocated catch quotas amongst fishery participants, who can then catch a certain amount of targeted species each year and are responsible for not exceeding that amount. Shares can sometimes be bought or sold. With a secure share of the catch, there can be reduced competition between fishery participants and focus may shift from maximising volume to maximising value, which may reduce fishing effort in the area, thereby potentially reducing the impact on the seabed, the amount of unwanted catch, and overall threat to subtidal benthic invertebrates.
Costello C., Gaines S.D. & Lynham J. (2008) Can catch shares prevent fisheries collapse? Science, 321, 1678–1681.