Introduce fishing permit/licence or charter schemes
Overall effectiveness category Awaiting assessment
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Commercial fishing can lead to unsustainable depletion of fish populations through removal of fish and mortality of discards. To attempt to regulate fishing activity in an area, permits/licences or charters may be implemented that represent an agreement between the fishers and fisheries managers. To be authorized to fish, each fisher must abide by the rules stipulated by the permit or charter. This may include measures such as communicating details of their catches and setting limits on fishing periods and/or how much gear can be fished. Fishing effort may be able to be controlled so that the effects of over-fishing are avoided (Cadiou et al. 2009). Compliance and enforcement of illegal activity may also be improved.
Cadiou G., Boudouresque C.F., Bonhomme P. & Direach L.L. (2009) The management of artisanal fishing within the Marine Protected Area of the Port-Cros National Park (northwest Mediterranean Sea): a success story? ICES Journal of Marine Science, 66, 41–49.