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The Necessity of Observer Programs in the World’s Fisheries

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dc.contributor.editor Johnston, Richard S.
dc.contributor.editor Shriver, Ann L.
dc.creator Mitchell, Elizabeth A.
dc.date 2001
dc.date.accessioned 2012-07-12T23:49:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-07-12T23:49:56Z
dc.date.copyright 2001
dc.date.issued 2001
dc.identifier.citation Mitchell, E.A. The Necessity of Observer Programs in the World’s Fisheries. In: Microbehavior and Macroresults:Proceedings of the Tenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute ofFisheries Economics and Trade, July 10-14, 2000, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.Compiled by Richard S. Johnston and Ann L. Shriver. InternationalInstitute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2001. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/31025
dc.description.abstract The marine environment is experiencing increased human-induced stress, compounded by natural and human-induced (global warming) climatic changes. “Freedom of the sea” is no longer a viable option as marine resources become increasingly scarce. Both fishermen and managers must work cooperatively and diligently to monitor the existing limited resources. In order to effectively monitor a fishery, managers need to quantify how much is removed from the sea. Observer programs are the best way to achieve this objective and without them, managers are operating on guesswork. Observer data is used throughout the globe by conservation groups, international agencies, economists, and a wide array of scientists. Almost all of the catch values from commercial fishing vessels cited in publications by these institutions originate from observer program data. Self-reporting of catch data has proven to be inaccurate and ineffective in monitoring stocks. This is because most fishermen are concentrating on commercially valuable species, boat maintenance and compliance to those regulations that are easily and most often checked by enforcement officials. There is a prevailing naivety throughout societies regarding the true cost of eating fish. This must be addressed by fisheries economists so that vital monitoring systems don't fall by the wayside. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service MG Kailis Group en_US
dc.publisher International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade en_US
dc.subject Fisheries Economics en_US
dc.subject Modeling and Economic Theory en_US
dc.subject What and How are we Measuring? en_US
dc.title The Necessity of Observer Programs in the World’s Fisheries en_US
dc.type Research Paper en_US

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