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Council Looks at a Plan to Finish the 'Race for Fish'

June 12, 2008

First salmon, now groundfish. Salmon season on the West Coast was canceled this year, and now the future of Pacific groundfish is being debated.

Today the Pacific Fisheries Management Council, one of eight regional fishery management councils, will vote on adopting an Individual Fishing Quota that divides up the total allowable catch each year. If it is adopted, fishermen would be able to fish at their own pace instead of being governed by a fixed fishing season.

Johanna Thomas with the Environmental Defense Fund says a quota can make fishing more profitable, while conserving the fishery.

"This type of program has revitalized other fisheries, and we think it can bring the West Coast Pacific groundfish fishery back from this crisis point."

The fishery, which includes more than 80 species such as snapper, sole and others that live on the bottom of the Pacific, was declared a disaster in 2000. Seven species are still listed as overfished.

People who oppose the plan say it will force small fishermen out of business and would dramatically increase enforcement costs. Environmental Defense Fund spokesman Shems Jud disagrees, however, saying British Columbia has been using a similar program for more than a decade.

"Individual Fishing Quotas have a proven track record of effectively reforming struggling fisheries and producing significant economic benefits while at the same time enhancing conservation and ecological success in fisheries."

More information about the Environmental Defense Fund is available online at Details regarding the Pacific Fisheries Management Council are at

Lori Abbott/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - CA