Management of fishing effort and fishing capacity is receiving increased attention world-wide. In the Northeast region of the U. S., the principal focus has been on managing “active” fishing vessels, although concerns have increased over the magnitude of “latent” effort and its implications for resource recovery and sustainability. This paper reviews current and historic levels of latent fishing effort in the Northeast U.S. groundfish fishery and examines patterns of latent to and active effort, particularly as they may be affected by vessel ownership transfer.
Thunberg, E. M. Latent Fishing Effort and Vessel Ownership Transfer in the Northeast U.S. Groundfish Fishery. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults: Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA. Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001.