Industry-Funded Fishing Vessel Buy-back
Between June 23 and July 2, 2003, the New England Sea Grant programs conducted ten meetings from Riverhead, NY to Ellsworth, ME to discuss the potential for an industry-funded groundfish vessel buy-back. At the time, Amendment 13 to the Multispecies Fishery Management Plan was soon to be implemented and industry members anticipated serious impacts to the industry. Peter Leipzig, Executive Director of the Fishermen’s Marketing Association in Eureka, California, who had forged an industry-funded buy-back on the West Coast was invited to be the key speaker for the series of meetings.
Three years later, the Northeast fishing industry again faces even stricter regulations since some groundfish stocks have not yet recovered. Consequently, the industry itself has organized to revisit the potential for an industry-funded buy-back. To help in their deliberations, we post the Powerpoint presentations made at the original meeting series and the summary report of Peter Leipzig.
socio-economic data on fishermen and fisheries-dependent communities.
Information generated by this extensive project was the baseline
for a measurement of the the social impacts of regulatory change,
helping communities and fisheries managers to anticipate potential
impacts and plan accordingly. This data was published in New
England Fishing Communities, an MIT Sea Grant publication
which can be ordered online through our media
database or accessed
directly in either PDF or HTML formats.
Fishermen's Partnership's Community Panels Project, funded
by the Northeast Consortium and Saltonstall-Kennedy grants,
is focusing on 6 communities: Beals Island/Jonesport and Portland,
Maine; Gloucester, Scituate and New Bedford, Massachusetts;
and Point Judith, Rhode Island. MIT Sea Grant College Program's
anthropologist, Dr. Madeleine Hall-Arber, is the project leader
with Dr. Bonnie McCay of Rutgers University and David Bergeron
of the MFP as co-principal investigators. The six communities
in the study represent the variety of characteristics found
in New England's fishing industry including inshore/offshore,
large/small vessels; urban/rural communities; fish/shellfish
products; mobile/fixed gear; auction/entrepreneur-dealer, etc.
An interim report from the project took the form of comments
on Amendment 13 to the Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan (note:
collected by CMSS for a project of the Gloucester Fishermen's
Wives Association have revealed a wealth of fishermen's traditional
knowledge about habitat and fisheries ecology. The innovative
techniques used in the project suggest ways to incorporate
fishermen's knowledge into management processes. The information
contributes to an understanding of fishing behavior in the
Northeast region and is valuable therefore to the National
Marine Fisheries Service and the New England Fishery Management
been active in habitat issues, with the goal of helping the
New England Fisheries Management Council meet a mandate to
identify and better manage Essential Fish Habitat. A book chapter
and journal article describing the results of this project
will help further researchers' understanding of the significance
of different scales of habitat observations to different fishing
of Research Protocols and Management Measures
in an extensive advisory capacity with the New England Fisheries
Management Council's Social Science Advisory Board and the
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Committee on
Economics and Social Sciences. This work is focused on assessing
research protocols and management measures.
on the board of directors of the New England chapter of the
Women's Fisheries Network, working to increase understanding
among fishing industry members about the disparate sectors
that make up their industry. This work could lead to innovative
solutions to fisheries-related issues.
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