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Accession Number PB2013-101782
Title West Coast Groundfish IFQ Fishery. Mid-Year Catch Report (January-June) 2012: Emerging Trends.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 29p
Personal Author S. E. Matson
Abstract There have been some notable changes in the IFQ fishery, during the first half of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. Quota pound transfers have increased considerably, there has been more trawling in shallower waters, diversity of catch has increased, and use of fixed gear has increased. Harvests of petrale sole, chilipepper rockfish, and yellowtail rockfish are up, while those of some traditionally dominant species, including sablefish and dover sole, are down somewhat. However, in total, landings, revenues, and effort are similar to last years levels. Several metrics suggest that early in the second year of trawl rationalization, fishers may know better what to expect, and are more extensively utilizing tools of the IFQ system to plan their fishing year. Quota pound (QP) transfer activity has conspicuously increased. The total pounds transferred vessel-to-vessel is up 25%, while the number of those transfers is currently double its level at the same time last year. Average monthly transfer amounts are also much more uniform (less variable) than last year at this time, suggesting better prior information and measured planning on the part of fishers. Dramatic increases in frequencies of trades of bycatch species like canary, widow, and darkblotched rockfish may indicate a drop in saving or stockpiling of QP for these species, and may reflect increased risk pool activity.
Keywords Catch report
Fish species
West Coast Groundfish

Source Agency National Marine Fisheries Service
NTIS Subject Category 98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
47D - Biological Oceanography
48B - Natural Resource Management
57Z - Zoology
Corporate Author National Marine Fisheries Service, Silver Spring, MD. Sustainable Fisheries Divisions.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1302
Contract Number N/A

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