Rights-Based Management For-Hire Recreational Fisheries? Results of a Policy Experiment Public Deposited

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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.

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  • Recreational fishing in the Gulf of Mexico has followed a familiar pattern to that observed in many commercial fisheries: fishing under regulated open access has promoted a “race to the fish” with cascades of shorter seasons, shrinking bag limits, and significant discards. These restrictions may have significant effects on angler welfare – misallocating fish to those best able to fish during the “derby” – and have also made it difficult for vessel owners in the for-hire recreational fishery (e.g. charter and headboats) to sustain viable, year-round businesses. In this atmosphere, Environmental Defense Fund has worked with an affiliation of headboat operators, the Gulf Headboat Collaborative (GHC), to obtain an experimental fishing permit (EFP) from NOAA Fisheries to pilot a headboat catch share (effectively a cooperative) program. Operating under strict catch limits and electronic data reporting requirements, this EFP authorizes up to 20 headboat operators to fish for a limited allocation of red snapper and gag grouper when it is best for their businesses and safest for their customers, instead of being constrained by short and unpredictable season openings. In this talk, we will draw upon a rich database from logbooks and surveys of headboat owners to examine the performance of this program in terms of the number and distribution of fishing trips, and revenues and profits of participants.  We utilize quasi-experimental techniques from the program evaluation literature to compare observed EFP performance metrics to the counterfactual of what would have happened in the absence of the policy experiment.
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