Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, held July 11-15, 2016 at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Center (AECC), Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.
Suggested Bibliographic Reference: Challenging New Frontiers in the Global Seafood Sector: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 11-15, 2016. Compiled by Stefani J. Evers and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2016.
The Northwest Fisheries Science Center has been collecting cost earnings data since 2003. The Center economists survey all commercial fishing vessels on the West Coast of the United States from San Diego, CA to Blaine, WA. These vessels range in size from less than 40 feet to more than 300 feet and the types of companies range from family-run operations to large multinational companies. The data collection program includes both voluntary surveys as well as mandatory surveys. Collecting data in different formats from a wide range of participants provides a unique perspective on best practices of data collection programs. We will emphasize lessons learned from conducting more than 10 years of data collections and compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages to voluntary and mandatory economic data collection programs.