West Coast fishery management is a product of its context, incentives, and history. The context is both regional and national. Incentives have encouraged investment and growth. The history is a progression of enclosure, expansion, and eventual contraction. A major West Coast fishery – groundfish – illustrates how fishery management has evolved in the past half-century. We can bracket the understanding of this evolution with two time periods – groundfish management in 1999 and its postwar origins.
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